Ed Madeley is an osteopathic physician at Movement and Wellbeing Clinic, located at St Peter’s Square, Manchester.


Here Ed answers a few questions regarding what osteopathy is, and how it could treat you, the patient.

Ed Madeley – principal physician

To begin with, I thought I’d explain a little bit about myself – I started treating patients with sports massage therapy, working at elite level football and rugby clubs such as Altrincham F.C and Sale Sharks. This proved to be enjoyable, but I wanted to expand these horizons into clinical practice, so I went to University to study sports rehabilitation and injury prevention, and then Osteopathy, in Kent.

From my previous experience, I noticed that there were patterns that developed early on in peoples’ training, which helped me identify musculoskeletal and postural deficiencies in patients. This, tied in with highly developed interpersonal skills and bedside manner, makes me a reliable and trustworthy practitioner. This is reflected in reviews on social media by patients past and present.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an evidence-based, natural form of expert manual therapy that diagnoses and manages a variety of problems, including but not restricted to:

  • Back/neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Headaches
  • Postural alignment
  • Hypermobility management

Osteopathy uses advanced manual techniques that clinically are more effective than massage therapy or static stretching which means there could be less time spent in the treatment room. Osteopaths are renowned for their back and neck pain management; however, we specialise in the diagnosis of all joints. I, for one, had a patient with a toe injury for my final exam!

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The diagnostic process

The osteopathic diagnosis comes in two forms:

  • Medical or allopathic diagnosis: using knowledge and tools to identify and rule out common pathology, it is not uncommon for me to collaborate with a patient with a side issue and diagnose hypothyroidism, hypermobility or rheumatoid arthritis, based on current empirical literature on the subject.
  • Osteopathic or naturalistic diagnosis: using osteopathic evaluation and knowledge we find tissue balance issues or general lifestyle anomalies that could be corrected through manual adjustments or advice. Examples of this are lack of pelvic mobility that could lead to back pain, advising on getting sunlight instead of taking vitamin D supplements (and explaining why this is more beneficial) or using a mindfulness technique for stress management.

When we believe that osteopathic treatment will hold no benefit, referral to other healthcare professionals, such as consultant surgeons, psychotherapists and chiropodists would be the next port of call.

Osteopathic treatment

We offer osteopathic treatment, management and diagnosis, which involves listed modalities:

  • Osteopathic manipulation and mobilisation
  • Soft tissue work and active release techniques
  • Dry needling
  • Sports taping (including K tape)
  • Exercise and rehabilitation advice
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and muscle energy technique stretching (MET), which has been shown clinically to be more effective than massage and static stretching at reducing muscle tension
  • Postural and ergonomics advice
  • Lorisian food intolerance testing

General Osteopathic Council

Osteopaths in the United Kingdom are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Registration is renewed annually to ensure safety for the patients and to make sure all osteopaths meet the highest standard of clinical practice, as well as good health and have current professional indemnity insurance. This is done through mandatory continuous professional development requirements.

For more information, you can contact Ed via email:
T: 0161 209 3908
W: movementandwellbeingclinic.co.uk
Facebook: @MovementandWellbeingClinic

Peter House, Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5AN


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