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    We have 2 resident Osteopaths at The Acorn Clinic, who share over 40 years of experience between them.

  • Fully Qualified Osteopathy

    Sarah Breare D.O. qualified from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 1990 and Samantha Vencat MOst. qualified from the LCOM in 2013. All are registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

    Sarah has worked at the Acorn Clinic since qualifying and has also worked in other practices in the Kent region.

    Samantha joined us in September 2020 and also works in Surrey. She has a particular interest in the treatment of babies, children and teenagers and has completed several Post Graduate courses in Paediatric and Cranial Osteopathy.

    What is osteopathy?

    Osteopathy is a 'non-invasive' method of 'hands-on' diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the body.

    The body requires good mechanical health of the bone, joint and muscular systems for the rest of the body to function properly.

    Therefore, disturbance of the circulatory and nervous systems caused by mechanical problems can lead to not only muscle and joint aches and pains and also symptoms of dysfunction in internal organs – and vice versa.

    Osteopathy focuses on diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculo-skeletal disorders using manual drug free methods.

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    What do Osteopaths treat?

    Osteopaths commonly treat back and neck conditions, postural problems, sports injuries, and other conditions that result in deterioration of joint function. Although Osteopaths are commonly considered to be ‘Back People’, they will also treat problems with any joints in the body. Osteopathy can help many people including those with arthritic joints, and problems associated with pregnancy.

    What does a session with the Osteopath involve?

    An initial consultation will involve taking a detailed 'case history' including personal details such as age, occupation, hobbies etc. Details of the condition i.e. the onset and history, any treatments already had, and also details of past medical and general health. This enables the Osteopath to build up a 'holistic' view of the patient and their health. This is usually followed by an examination and very often by treatment if appropriate. It is usual for the Osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing in the affected area, down to your underwear, so it is advisable to wear something comfortable. The Osteopath will also discuss the general management of the condition, the potential outcome i.e. number of treatments and may give advice on exercises. If treatment is not deemed possible or appropriate we can arrange for referral to another practitioner or for further investigations such as x-rays or scans.

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    Payment is due at the end of each treatment, and we are also registered with all the leading Health Insurance companies.

    If you would like to speak to one of our Osteopaths or make an appointment please don’t hesitate to call.

    All details are treated in strictest confidence.