General Osteopathy

Sports Osteopathy


A Registered Osteopath is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of altered body mechanics.

In addition to treating spinal complaints (e.g. spondylosis, spondylitis and ‘slipped discs’), osteopathy can also influence the internal functioning of the body to help with some complaints. Treatment of infants and children is becoming increasingly popular to monitor their normal development. Osteopaths not only treat with gentle manipulation, they regularly use soft tissue massage, joint articulation and gentle release techniques. A statutory registered osteopath is recognised by D.O. Osteopath.


It is becoming increasing clear that if a sportsman’s body is in balance it will not only perform better but also is less likely to become injured.

Much work is being performed at The Old Hall Clinic in the help of prediction and prevention of sporting injuries. Many players from Manchester United Football Club and Sale Sharks Rugby Team attend the clinic to have treatment in conjunction with their teams physiotherapist.

It is believed that if the body is able to work in balance without having to compensate for mechanical blockages however subtle the body is less likely to be injured during performance.

Cranial Osteopathy



A cranial osteopath is a registered osteopath who has further specialised in cranial technique.

This involves the gentle application of minimal pressure to the plates of the bones of the skull and spine. This allows subtle tensions to be released in the deeper structures enabling the body to return to a state of physical balance and well being. Because the treatment is so gentle, it is also used for very young babies and children.

Even though the term ‘cranial’ refers to the head, a cranial osteopath does not just limit treatment to this area.  As previously stated the palapting or (listening) hand is gently placed on or under different parts of the body in an attempt to feel restrictions of the movement and lack of comply ability within the tissues.


A Homeopath treats the whole person not the disease, to encourage the natural healing potential of the body.

Homeopathy uses very tiny doses of remedies, thus avoiding the dangers of toxins, or the side effects which can be a problem with ‘traditional’ drug treatment. A wide range of illness can be treated, from acute problems, e.g. ‘Flu’ and tonsillitis, to chronic illnesses such as irritable bowel and rheumatoid arthritis. A medically qualified homeopath is recognised by the letters MB.ChB, MFHom.


Therapeutic Massage


A physiotherapist is skilled in the application of physical agents to aid healing.

Some of the conditions physiotherapists treat are sports injuries, spinal and joint pain, and chest complaints.

The physiotherapist also gives advice and exercises following fractures, strokes and operations. A qualified Chartered and State Registered Physiotherapist is recognised by the letters MCSP-SRP.


Therapeutic Massage is a hands on treatment that uses various movements, strokes, stretches and pressures on muscles to affect the release of body tension and soothe nerves, helping our bodies to heal themselves.

It is a holistic treatment that works on more than just the physical aspect, reviving, nurturing and de-stressing our minds and spirits too. Therapeutic massage is a preventative treatment, i.e. it can help maintain a state of well being by helping us to relax physically and mentally, thus avoiding stress related problems.

Stress Management

Traditional Chinese Medicine


A Counsellor treats various problems of an emotional and psychological nature.

This treatment is helpful to individuals, couples or families who are struggling with major life decisions, stress anxiety, bereavement, marital or sexual problems.

The stresses of modern day society are thought to play a part in many disease processes. These can be controlled by counselling It is not surprising that this therapy is becoming increasingly popular in a professional, pleasant and above all, confidential environment.


Traditional Chinese Medicine has a unique and profound theoretical system differing from Western medicines.

It emphasises the systemic analysis of all the symptoms and experiences of the patient while taking into account the age, physical habits and emotional traits and all other aspects of the individual as a whole in order to evaluate the cause of the disease. It consists mainly of acupuncture and herbal medicines.


Emotional Freedom Technique


Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils therapeutically. Essential oils are either absorbed through your skin using massage or through a cream, lotion or compress to which they have been added.

It’s not known exactly how aromatherapy works – in particular, whether the massage or the smell (or both) has an effect. When you inhale essential oils, this stimulates your olfactory system – the part of the brain connected to smell. A signal is transferred to your brain’s limbic system that controls emotions and stores and retrieves learned memories. This triggers chemicals to be released which have different effects, causing you to feel relaxed or stimulated. In addition, the gentle massage often used to apply the diluted oils to your skin is likely to have a relaxing effect.


The emotional freedom technique is an amazing acupressure point ‘tapping tool’.

Tapping can be a friend for life which will support us whether we are coping with emotional stress, phobia, trauma, pain, illness, a desperate need for chocolate, or an inability to see the bright side of life. It can set us on the path to self-realisation, whether we know it or not.




Acupuncture is an established natural method of treatment for painful conditions.

Recent scientific advances have helped to explain the way in which it works. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles through the skin. Insertion of the needles can cause a slight pricking sensation, but once inserted the needles are painless and often result in a relaxing sensation.

Acupuncture is effective for a number of conditions including those involving muscles, bones and joints, for example arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, back and neck problems, frozen shoulder, disc problems and tennis elbow. The list also includes anxiety, allergies, abdominal and period problems, obesity and giving up smoking. It can also help to improve a person’s sense of well being.


Hypnotherapy is a two way process between the therapist and the client, a professional partnership. A person cannot be hypnotised unless he or she agrees and cooperates – this cannot be stressed enough.

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration at one with the state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a natural trance state, like daydreaming, when the mind is relaxed and focused, where time passes very quickly, accompanied by good feelings of deep relaxation of mind and body. Hypnotherapy is a treatment that is based on the premise that the mind and body do not work in isolation. By sending the patient into a hypnotic state, the therapist aims to trigger the body’s mental and physical self-healing processes that lie in the subconscious. When undergoing hypnotherapy, patients are conscious and aware, but are open to the power of suggestion. They cannot be induced to do anything against their will.


Alexander Technique


Reiki treatment restores the balance of energy necessary for optimum quality of life. It stimulates well being., relieves stress, tension, anxiety and pain.

The Reiki practitioner will channel the energy to the appropriate parts of the patient’s body , using a gentle touch process which instantly creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Clients find that Reiki treatments enable them to achieve focus, clarity, balance and harmony in their personal and work lives.


The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method, which teaches us how to use ourselves more effectively in our lives.

It helps us to be more aware of our habits and tensions and to learn how to let go of them. The Alexander Technique is helpful for people who suffer from back or neck pain, tension or stress related problems, are involved in activities such as horse riding, singing, acting or dancing, or those wanting to improve their overall coordination and a greater sense of well being.

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