Osteopathy Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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We offer osteopathy in Southend for wide range of conditions at The Body Matters. Osteopathy treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea. Home visits are also available.

About Osteopathy

Osteopaths are recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently and as such you do not have to wait for a referral from your doctor to receive treatment.

Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on therapy with principles based on the way that your body moves influencing the function. Every day, and for a range of pain inducing conditions, there are more than 30,000 treatments given by Osteopaths. Osteopaths are most recognised for treating back or neck pain; however, they often typically treat joint or muscular pain, sports injuries, headaches and more, for all ages.

Osteopaths are fully trained to recognise problems which may require a referral to other medical specialists. Other referrals may be for X-Rays, MRI's, blood tests etc. if necessary.  We have access to private labs and imaging facilities, or can work with your GP or specialist.

Osteopathy at The Body Matters

Inital Consulation

The initial consultation will take around an hour as the osteopath needs to take the time with you to listen carefully to your case history. You will be asked about your presenting complaint as well as your general health and medical background. This may include elements that you wouldn’t think are important, but this creates as full an understanding as possible to enable the best diagnosis. 

Physical Examination

The next stage is a physical examination. You will be observed doing specific movements to create a picture on how your body moves and also the tone and texture of your physical body.

During this part of the consultation your osteopath will aim to understand as much as possible about your presentation. 

The area of pain will be palpated (feeling for changes in skin and muscle texture) but the examination will also include areas of the body distant to where you think the problem is located that may be contributing to the localised pain or discomfort.


After the examination your osteopath will discuss what has been found and the treatment programme most appropriate for you. 

Treatment itself can incorporate many techniques – including spinal manipulation and soft tissue (massage) techniques. Treatment will often reveal more information on the nature of the complaint and that will be integrated into the clinical picture. 

Osteopaths can treat a very wide range of conditions. The General Osteopathic Council, the statutory registering body for all osteopaths, recommends osteopathy for a number of musculoskeletal conditions.

Osteopathy can help to treat many conditions including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle spasms and cramps
  • Soreness and stiffness
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Lumbago
  • Sciatica
  • Pain from spondylosis
  • Sacro-iliac joint pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches caused by the neck
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Changes to posture in pregnancy
  • Postural problems caused by driving or work strain
  • Arthritic joint pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Digestion problems
  • Supraspinatus tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Sprains and strains
  • (Pseudo) trochanteric bursitis
  • Minor sports injuries

Matthew Oliver graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Masters Degree in Osteopathy and Diplomas in both Osteopathy and Naturopathy.

Make an enquiry

Call 01702 714968 for more information about Osteopathy in Southend-on-Sea.

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We are open weekdays and Saturdays, with commuter friendly early morning and evening appointments available on request.

To book an appointment phone 01702 714968 or click here to email