About Osteopathy

Osteopath performing a Lumbar Roll treatment technique
Osteopathic Treatment.

Osteopaths don’t just treat bones, they are equally at home treating muscles, nerves, connective tissues and joints. They are specialists in treating structural and mechanical problems in the body and physical pain in the joints, muscles or nerves.

A registered osteopath will have trained for 4 or 5 years (depending on the route chosen) and completed over 1,000 supervised clinic hours before they qualify. A key principle of osteopathy is to help the client find health by getting to the root cause of your problem. Before making a diagnosis an osteopath will consider your full medical history, old injuries and the stresses and strains of your daily environment and make a full biomechanical assessment.

A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated unit. No part can be treated in isolation. Osteopaths look for dysfunctions in the body which may be predisposing and maintaining a person’s pain.  For example, a stiff hip is often the root cause of knee pain. An osteopath will consider psychological and social factors before making a diagnosis.

Adam’s approach to Osteopathy.

Adam uses the osteopathic Principles of health to work through the neuro-musculoskeletal system and to treat a wide range of conditions. He takes a full-body perspective suitable for almost anyone of any age or physical ability. Osteopathy is a primary health care system which means you do not need a doctor’s referral to see a private practice osteopath.

Video about Adam’s Approach to Osteopathy

All Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and Adam is also a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

More information about osteopathic research and evidence can be found here at The National Council for Osteopathic Research.

Osteopaths in Nottingham

There are a range of osteopaths in Nottingham. All of whom satisfy the legal requirement to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council but treatment styles and approaches can vary significantly. Some Nottingham Osteopaths specialise in areas like sports injuries or care of babies and young children. Some osteopaths in Nottingham specialise in a technique called cranial which is a very gentle approach. Adam takes what he describes as a functional bio-psycho-social approach. This means he is strongly focused on a biomechanical functional view of the body but is also keen to explore the effect of the control system (ie the brain) can play in maintaining a problem. He uses a variety of robust and gentle techniques like deep tissue massage, muscle stretching and joint articulation and will also seek to educate you about your body so that you have the tools you need to look after yourself in the future. His approach is well suited for adults with musculoskeletal disorders like back or joint and muscular pain or sports injuries.  You may find it helpful to check which approach your osteopath is likely to use before booking an appointment.


Osteopaths are known for having excellent manual therapy and tissue palpation skills. Adam, like all good osteopaths, will tailor his techniques to each individual patient. Osteopathic techniques include:

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Exercise advice
  • Gentle Massage
  • Muscle stretching
  • Neuro-muscular inhibition
  • Myofascial (connective tissue) release
  • Joint articulation (gentle movement)
  • Low Amplitude HVT (Joint clicking)

Osteopathy Testimonials

“Adam’s approach is exactly as you’d want: scientific, meticulous, professional, and, in my experience, effective. His reassuring manner and encyclopedic knowledge of osteopathy make each session with him a fulfilling experience. His osteopathic interventions have made a significant difference to my mobility, and the combination of his treatments and what I have learned from him about how my own body works add up to an extremely worthwhile improvement. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a professional, evidence-based practitioner.”

David S. Nov 2011.

“I went to Adam for osteopathy in Nottingham. I was in great pain and could hardly move, Adam went through my medical history and assessed me on my first visit and carried out treatment straight away. After my first session the difference was unbelievable as I had movement back in my back and was virtually pain free. Adam ensured I followed up with little exercises, which I carried out and I have made a full recovery. Would not hesitate to recommend Adam, he is very experienced and has great knowledge, you feel very at ease as Adam is friendly, professional and informative.”

Michelle K.  Nov 2014