Treatments at the Nelson Osteopathic Clinic

Solve your pain the easy way, with a treatment that targets the source and sends you home feeling lighter and better, and ready to focus on what matters most to you.

Many injuries present in symptoms such as headaches, migraines, earache, dizziness, tension, and sciatica. Don’t suffer through these symptoms and hope they’ll go away – get them treated and fixed today.

Musculo-skeletal problems in infants can be difficult to identify, but a careful treatment with Richard can help with your baby’s wind, colic, earache, sleep difficulties, or recurrent chest infections, and to settle irritable babies.

Richard’s Treatment Style

Pressure Point Massage and Release of Trigger Points

This very quickly and effectively releases the muscular component of the injured tissues, generating a sense of wellbeing and relaxation.

Did you know

In a study of 138 patients with acute pain, 83% of them needed less than 6 sessions with the osteopath for them to feel significant improvements with their pain.


This is applied to different levels of the spine and at different depths, depending on the patient. Some very tight-jointed people require quite some force to mobilise their joints effectively, while the very young, the supple and the elderly require only the lightest of adjustments to be effective.

Did you know

In a study of 37 patients who only attended one osteopathic session, 70% reported that the treatment was so effective, they didn’t have to go to any more sessions.

Cranial Osteopathy

This is a very gentle technique applied to the head and sacrum (or tailbone), aiming to mobilise the injured tissues so gently that the body’s defences are not activated. It is used on most of our patients to settle their tissues into a state of relaxation at the end of the treatment, and is the treatment of choice for infants and young children.

Did you know

In a study of 42 babies that were treated with cranial osteopathy, around 50% of the mothers reported that their baby’s symptoms had been reduced by about half in under 3 treatments.

Myofascial Release Techniques

This is also a very gentle part of the treatment applied to most patients, aiming to gently mobilise and release any tension or strain patterns held in the body that have not fully released with other aspects of the treatment.

Did you know

In a study of 19 children with sport related injuries, only one of the children needed to attend more than 3 osteopathic sessions.


Most patients are also given advice on good posture and movement habits, simple painkillers and anti-inflammatories, on staying active and at work, and on exercise appropriate to their age, injury and enjoyment.

To learn more about these techniques and what osteopathy can do for you, have a look at the studies below.

What to Expect

Type of Treatment

Most patients will be treated with a combination of pressure point massage, manipulation and subtle myofascial release techniques for musculo-skeletal injuries, especially of the spine. 

If you have a preference for a particular style of treatment however, please let Richard know. It is important to find the approach that best suits your needs and comfort while fixing the problem as quickly and thoroughly as possible.


All patients are treated fully clothed, but we do ask you to remove bulky outer layers such as jackets, jumpers, scarves and hoodies. 

Family and friends are more than welcome to sit in on treatment if you choose, or relax in the waiting room. It is preferable that children under the age of 16 who are attending for treatment are accompanied by their parent or other caregiver.

Treatment Reactions

Sometimes things get worse before they get better. This is a normal response to treatment and can involve a temporary increase in pain for 24 – 48 hours. 

Whilst most of the patients Richard treats start to get better straight away, a small percentage experience some degree of reaction, usually after the first treatment. Most often these symptoms disappear after the next treatment or within 48 hours.


If you are unhappy in any way with any aspect of your visit to us, please let us know. Your complaint will be well received and helps us to achieve a better quality of service.