• Chris Pinches


  • Mon 9:00 - 13:00
  • Tues 11:00 - 20:00
  • Thurs 9:00 - 18:00
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  • Jennifer Beck

  • Weds 9:00 - 19:00
  • Alternate Sats 9:00 - 13:00
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  • Jane Watt

  • Mon 9:30 - 15:30
  • Thurs 9:30 - 13:00
  • Alternate Sats 9:00 - 13:00
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  • Ben Causbrook


  • Fri 9:00 - 13:00
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Banstead Village Osteopathy

Osteopathy is the science of human mechanics.

It is the system of health care that deals largely with structural and mechanical problems of the body framework or musculo-skeletal system.

The Osteopath's job is to diagnose and treat faults that occur in this mechanical system due to injury, stress, or any other cause and to restore normal function. When our structure is in harmony and balance, just like a well-tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear, stress and use of energy, leaving more energy available for living.

For over 25 years Chris Pinches, and his fellow Osteopaths at the Banstead Village Clinic, have been using their highly trained skills to help remedy those aches and pains caused by the rigors of everyday life.

What do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths treat people rather than conditions, but it is useful for any problem with a mechanical component.

Osteopaths are widely known for treating the common 'bad back', but actually our scope is far greater than that and we spend a lot of our time treating many common and disabling problems that affect the joints and muscles of the whole body.

At the Banstead Village Clinic we are often consulted about disorders such as sciatica, spondylosis, neck pain, arthritic pain and rheumatism, 'frozen shoulder', tennis elbow, foot pain, migraine, knee injuries, RSI, sports and disc injuries.

A Typical Visit – initial consultation

On the first visit the osteopath will want to know how the symptoms began and the factors which affect them. A complete medical history will be taken, when previous illnesses and injuries and also current treatments will be noted. This is followed by an osteopathic examination which looks at the patient’s posture, mobility and muscle tone.

From the outset of our training we develop a highly-tuned sense of touch in our fingers. Through this ability to palpate we conduct a detailed examination by touch. We feel the range and quality of movement of the joints and note whether the movement is restricted or excessive. We also examine the condition of the soft tissues to see whether they are normal or under stress. This enables us to build up a structural ‘survey’ of the patient to find any deviation from the structural and mechanical harmony which is the optimum for that individual.

In addition to this osteopathic assessment we are also qualified to carry out a conventional examination, such as an orthopaedic, neurological or circulatory examination, and we may request X Rays, blood tests or urine analyses if such an investigation is indicated.Having arrived at a diagnosis, and deciding that osteopathic treatment is appropriate, the osteopath then formulates a treatment plan and carries out the first treatment.

How Do Osteopaths Work?

We work with our hands using a variety of different techniques, depending on the individual needs of the patient, ranging from soft tissue massage techniques and passive repetitive stretching movements in order to improve joint mobility, to the high velocity thrust technique which can cause a joint to click.

The treatment programme may include advice on posture, diet, lifestyle or stress, as all these may have contributed to the problem.

Osteopathic treatment is seldom painful and we always use the minimum force necessary in any technique to get a change. Patients generally find treatment to be pleasant and relaxing. Sometimes there is a slight reaction in the first 24 hours or so after a treatment if the joint or area worked on was inflamed but the osteopath will warn you if that is to be expected.

Where can Osteopathy help?

Osteopaths treat people rather than conditions, but it is useful for any problem with a mechanical component. Some are less obvious than others but include:-

  • Postural problems – the way that we sit and stand is fundamental for correct musculoskeletal function. Bad habits such as slouching or sitting habitually in a twisted position can lead to compensations occuring in the spine, that can in turn cause strain to spinal and pelvic joints.
  • Sports injuries – whether you are a professional athlete or just exercising for fun the less time you are away from your sport due to injury the better. We offer comprehensive sports injury treatment.
  • Headaches + neck and shoulder tension. Some migraines.
  • Low back pain – most common complaint. Affects 4 people out of 5 at some time in their lives.
  • Muscular and ligamentous strains or sprains.
  • Pregnant mothers – osteopathic treatment throughout the pregnancy can help the body adapt to the changes which are taking place and relieve aches and pains caused by the growth of the baby. Advice from your Osteopath can help you change your posture and learn to hold your body correctly through pregnancy.
  • Arthritis – many people mistakenly assume that the symptoms of arthritis are untreatable and that they must learn to live with pain and stiffness. Although the arthritic changes cannot be reversed, in many cases Osteopaths can help to relieve pain and improve the quality of life for arthritis sufferers.

Osteopathy for Lower Back Pain

The lower back is the most common area that osteopaths are consulted about by patients. It’s not surprising when you consider that over 80% of people will suffer with low back pain at some point in their lives and, having had low back pain once, many of them are prone to further relapses in the future.

Fortunately not many people who feel pain in their lower backs will have a serious back problem and the majority of people who experience low back pain for the first time do get better well within 6 weeks. Occasionally, however, people with low back pain can go on to develop chronic low back problems.

By seeing an Osteopath the person is ensuring a careful assessment and evaluation of their problem culminating in a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is reached the Osteopath will discuss the treatment options available and, if appropriate, commence treatment. By improving function and relieving tensions and restrictions in the body the Osteopath is helping the body to rebalance thus reducing your symptoms to a pain-free level. To help achieve this state, and then maintain it, the Osteopath will usually give advice and prescribe appropriate exercises.

Occasionally the person presents with a back pain that is not appropriate for Osteopathy. This might be because the pain is being referred from another part of the body (such as kidney, gall bladder, etc), the problem is potentially more serious or that a diagnosis is not possible without very specialised further investigation. The Osteopath is trained to know when NOT to treat and will advise the patient on the best course of action, whether that is being referred to another health care professional, the GP or for an X Ray or MRI scan.

Osteopathy for Neck Pain

Neck pain is one of the commonest symptoms that Osteopaths treat. It can be caused by many things which is why it is important to consult your Osteopath to get an accurate diagnosis. Like the lower back the neck can also suffer from injuries such as; muscle spasm, trapped nerves, prolapsed discs, strained ligaments, facet joint strains and locks, and ‘spondylosis’. Cervical Spondylosis is wear and tear of the joints in the neck and, for most of us, it is a natural consequence of the ageing process. It can often remain painless until further damage to soft tissues such as the ligaments or discs upsets the normal process resulting in pain.

Having reached a diagnosis, after first carefully assessing and evaluating the problem, the Osteopath will discuss with you the various treatment options available and, if appropriate, commence treatment. The Osteopath’s aim is to reduce your symptoms to, if possible, a pain-free level by helping the body rebalance through encouraging function and relieving tensions and restrictions in the body. He will normally give you advice and prescribe exercises to help prevent future problems.

Occasionally a person presents with a neck problem that is not suitable for Osteopathy, whether that’s because there is potentially a more serious problem or just that a diagnosis is not possible without very specialised further investigation. The Osteopath is trained to know when NOT to treat and will advise the patient on the best course of action, whether that’s being referred to another health care professional, the GP or for an X Ray or MRI scan.

Cranial Osteopathy

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.

Involuntary Motion – The Cranial Rhythm

Cranial Osteopaths are trained to feel a subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. This rhythm was first described in the early 1900’s by Dr William G. Sutherland and its existence was confirmed in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960’s and 70’s.

Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing with what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed or tired.

Accumulation of stress and strain in the body

When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up. The body may have been able to adapt to these effects at the time, but a lasting strain often remains. Any tensions which remain held in the body can restrict its free movement. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with the accumulated stresses and symptoms may develop.




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