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Honiton Osteopathic Centre

Here at 'THE DOUGLAS-MORT PRACTICE' [Honiton Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy Centre] we are the longest established practice in Devon and the West Country with specialists in a particularly gentle and useful development of Osteopathy called Cranial Osteopathy; principals DAVID and ROWAN DOUGLAS-MORT each have over 40yrs of clinical experience in these skills, and currently lecture and tutor on post-graduate courses in Osteopathy both in the the UK and in Europe . Our special approach to treatment utilising Cranial Osteopathy does not use any heavy or forceful manipulative techniques, which enhances its safety and relaxing qualities for patients. Our patients tell us that it is effective and well tolerated by everyone, even the most sensitive individual.  Our gentle approach is safe and helpful for people of all ages and all stages of life. For those of you who appreciate our approach to patient care here at the 'Douglas-Mort Practice', we are also able to provide cranial osteopathy treatment for your pets, companion and farm animals Axminster Animal Osteopaths branch where we can offer Equine Osteopathy and Equine Cranial Osteopathy. Canine and feline osteopathy and  canine and feline cranial osteopathy , these services can be arranged at both the Honiton and Axminster branches of 'The Douglas-Mort Practice'.

Stop Press  [A.S.A. regulations]

Currently due to unfortunate recent antagonism towards complementary medicine in some quarters, the Advertising Standards Authority [ASA] now requires that our website information only lists us as being able to help patients suffering from the complaints for which there is existing high level research or gold standard proof, [i.e double blind trials] that manual therapy is efficacious. This posses a problem for Osteopathy, as double blind research trials usually require in the order of £800,000. and usually considerably more  to fund each individual trial, and the requirements of double blind trials are frequently unsuited technically and ethically to a 'patient centred' individually tailored approach like Osteopathy. Another concern arises from the recent doubts voiced in the scientific world about the reproducibility, and hence ultimate strength of validity of 'double blind' trials within the field of drug therapy, medicine and biology. Biological systems are sensitive, and human beings even more so; as an example, drug reactions and interactions between drugs can be very variable and not always predictable from one person to another. Placebo and other effects which confound research, are also recently becoming recognised as an inherent difficulty found even in double-blind trials... Osteopathy is essentially a 'drug free' therapy and does not rely on the use of prescription drugs in the treatment of patients. As osteopaths we work alongside other health professionals and other treatment modalities where necessary. Emphatically our focus is ALWAYS to support a very high quality of patient care. [As a side note: All osteopaths in this practice are fully compliant with state regulations, continuing professional development/updating, and carry full insurance for treating both people and animals.] Regarding funding for suitable research into osteopathy, this is a problem. As there is currently no government funding for Osteopathic research, and sadly the drug companies would not be interested in funding research into drug free treatments, we currently have no outside financing for Osteopathic research. This means that funding has of necessity to come from the profession itself, so costs have to be kept to reasonable levels.  

However, whilst we do not have 'double blind' research evidence regarding many conditions that our patients say that we have successfully helped them with, we as osteopaths are gathering a growing body of case studies, qualitative research studies, practice audits, testimonials, and affirmations that Osteopathy has been highly beneficial in many other conditions that we may not mention here. Osteopaths are doing their very best to progress responsibly with research despite an environment that is not helpful to these endeavours. 

Historically Osteopathy has been in existence as a treatment able to help many conditions and has been well respected for this by growing numbers of people since 1874. By the time physiotherapy came into being in 1895 the osteopathic colleges were already producing graduate osteopaths by the hundreds. Osteopathy is a profession that has stood the test of time and will continue to do its utmost to provide the highest quality of osteopathic care for all patients. 

Due to our endeavours to comply with ASA regulations we are very limited as to the information that we may provide via our website. If you have a query about osteopathy that we are unable to cover in these web pages, or need advice regarding a problem please phone us on 01404 41678 [leave your name and phone number so that we can call you back] and we shall be happy to help. 

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We are currently permitted by the ASA to inform you that we are able to treat the following conditions. In line with ASA regulations we will update this list regularly as changes occur.

Osteopathy can be safely used to complement standard medical treatment thereby giving additional patient support.  

  • Arthritic pain- joint aches often accompanied by stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck ache
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Backache
  • Circulatory problems
  • Digestion problems
  • some Joint pains
  • Lumbago- back ache
  • Neuralgia- shooting pains
  • Sciatica
  • Inability to relax and tension
  • some minor injuries
  • Generalised Aches and pains
  • Back pain, general acute and chronic
  • Cramps
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches