Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage with the aim of:

  • Increasing the mobility of joints
  • Relieving muscle tension
  • Enhancing the blood supply to tissues
  • Helping the body to heal

Osteopaths complete a 4- or 5-year honours degree programme (bachelor’s or master’s), which involves at least 1,000 hours of clinical training.  Osteopaths are trained to use their clinical judgement to identify patients for whom osteopathic treatment isn’t appropriate. 

What To Expect

 During your first osteopathy session, the osteopath will ask about your symptoms, general health and any other medical care you’re receiving before carrying out a physical examination. The osteopath will use their hands to find areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body, particularly the spine.  With your consent, you’ll probably need to remove some clothing from the area being examined, and you may be asked to perform simple movements. You should then be able to discuss whether osteopathy can help treat the problem and, if so, what the treatment programme should involve. Osteopaths are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP  

Osteopathic techniques:

An osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself.  They use their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways, using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques. Techniques are chosen based on the individual patient and the symptoms they have reported. These include: 


Massage – to release and relax muscles 


Stretching stiff joints 


Articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion 


High-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles 

These techniques aim to reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow. 

Osteopathy isn’t usually painful, although it’s not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if you’re having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury.

Your osteopath will explain whether you’re likely to have any reactions. If you feel any pain during or after treatment, tell your osteopath. You may be given advice on self-help and exercise to aid your recovery and prevent symptoms returning or getting worse.

In general, the first appointment will last about 45 minutes to an hour. Further treatments last around 30 minutes. Your course of treatment will depend on your symptoms.

Osteopathy Team


Osteopath Adele Sharp

M’Ost, ITEC Dip, CMT

Adele has a master’s degree in osteopathy and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council.Her degree taught her how to treat different types of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries and tailor it uniquely to each patient.

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What affects one person can present differently in another. Understanding pain mechanics is also part of Adele’s training and how other factors, not just injury, can affect a person’s pain.

Adele is also a sports massage therapist and cancer massage therapist.

Outside of work, Adele enjoys running, cycling, strength conditioning and has completed challenges such as London and Brighton Marathons, London to Brighton Cycle and the Three Peaks challenge. Adele can emphasise when injury has an impact on training.

Adele is a friendly, approachable practitioner and believes practitioner-patient rapport can have a good effect on treatment outcome.

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BodyWorks Physiotherapy Practice Ltd.
Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic

275 Rectory Road
RM17 5SW

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BodyWorks Physiotherapy Practice Ltd.
Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic
275 Rectory Road
Grays, Essex, RM17 5SW

Tel: 01375 375938

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BodyWorks Physiotherapy Practice Ltd. is a private limited company registered in England and Wales under registration number 07973659. Registered Address: 275 rectory Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5SW