Osteopathy services


Osteopathy is a discreet medical speciality that recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. The treatment was founded in America in 1874 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still and, in 1892, the first school opened. However, the fundamentals of osteopathy, massage and manipulation can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and other civilisations.

What does osteopathy involve?

Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs. They work with their hands, using techniques such as deep massage, manipulation and mobilisation to treat conditions like back pain, sciatica, repetitive strain injury and sports injuries. It is the work of an osteopath to recognise and diagnose the cause of symptoms, eliminating by a thorough medical examination any pathology which requires further referral, and set about the process of restoring a degree of healthy functioning to the whole body by means of ‘hands-on’ treatment and deeply intuitive care.

Osteopathy at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy

Our osteopaths at The Putney Clinic use physical therapy combined with electrotherapy. They have a strong emphasis on rehabilitation and strengthening exercises.

Conditions treated

We can use osteopathy in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Cervicogenic headache (headache arising from the neck)
  • Migraine prevention
  • Disc injuries including sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder conditions (e.g. rotator cuff syndrome)
  • Stress related disorders
  • Muscle tension and tears
  • Neuralgia
  • Lumbago and sciatica
  • Generalised aches and pains

Sports osteopathy

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy offers sports osteopathy services at our clinics in Putney and Chelsea. Mobility of the body is of the utmost importance to the sportsperson. Poor flexibility in the joints and muscles will prevent the body from performing at its optimum. It can also often be a contributory factor to injury.

The bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues are structures that make the human body a dynamic machine. By assessing the posture and condition of those structures, osteopaths are able to promote a rapid recovery from injury. In addition to treating injuries, it can help to prevent them from occurring. It is particularly effective for sports that require controlled body mechanics, such as golf and tennis.

Some osteopathic terminology

  • Mobilisation: a gentle technique to loosen stiff joints and ease painful joints.
  • Manipulation: a high velocity thrust technique with minimal range of motion. Used to help loosen a stiff joint.
  • Traction: a gentle stretching technique than can be either manual or mechanical.
  • Soft-tissue techniques: these include massage, deep tissue, trigger point and muscle energy techniques.

In addition to our general osteopathy treatment, we have specialists in the following areas of osteopathy. For more information about each service, click on the images.

paediatric osteopathy

cranial osteopathy

How to book an appointment

All initial consultations are 45 minutes in duration, with subsequent follow-up appointments for 30 or 45 minutes. To consult our treatment fees, click here. You can book appointments with the osteopaths at our clinic in Putney using the online booking form. If you encounter any problems while attempting to book online, contact our reception team on 020 8789 3881.

Osteopathy with Clive Lathey

If you would like to book an appointment with Clive Lathey at our clinic in Putney or at our Chelsea Clinic, please call our reception team on 020 8789 3881.


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London  SW15 6TQ.

Tel: 020 8789 3881
Email: info@putneyclinic.co.uk

The Putney Clinic is a trading name of The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number 06526680.