At Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic all osteopaths have many years experience behind them and that will benefit you - especially if you have a very acute pain or something that is complicated.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is used by people of all ages who suffer from pain, tackling complaints ranging from sports and work-related injuries to arthritis, sciatica and migraine.

The osteopath's role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient's function and mobility.

Visiting an osteopath, you will be treated from 3 basic principles:

1) Your body is a whole and must be regarded and treated as such.
2) Your body can under the right conditions heal itself.
3) Your body's structure and function are mutually interdependent.

Osteopathy recognizes that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in our body's structure and function.
Osteopaths diagnose and treat problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints to help the body's natural healing ability.
This way osteopaths avoid performing traditional symptomatic therapy.
What good is it for example to loosen up a joint, if the muscles and connective tissues around this part still struggle? Exactly by looking at the body as a whole and work their way into the root causes of the symptoms, osteopaths achieve effective and lasting results. This is often seen already after a short course of osteopathic treatment. Thus the treatment itself is not finished before the osteopathy so to speak, has made itself redundant.

Once the optimal balance in the body is restored, the osteopath can advise patients about exercises that are required to maintain this optimal functioning.


Your osteopaths treatment involves gentle, manual techniques - easing pain, reducing swelling and improving mobility. Often, osteopathy involves manipulation, which can result in an audible 'crack' which is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping within the fluid of the joints.
Osteopathy does not involve the use of drugs or surgery but searches complete health the natural way in our Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics.

What is pain?
Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. It is often caused by swelling of tissue, which creates pressure on nerves and leads to discomfort.
Pain is a useful mechanism to alert you to a problem, and stops you from damaging your body further. It should always, therefore, be taken seriously. Pain can affect many areas of the body, but particularly the lower back, head, neck, joints and legs bring people to the osteopath. It can result from injuries and arthritis, and can also manifest itself in the form of rheumatic pain and period pain. One of the main purposes of osteopathy is pain relief and the elimination of the cause of pain by improving the cause of pain. However in Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic, your osteopath will not treat you to reduce the pain but treat you to improve the cause of your pain!

Osteopathy and the treatment of pain:
Osteopaths can diagnose the cause of pain and help to ease your pain by reducing tissue inflammation. The osteopaths treatment methods range from massage of muscles and connective tissues to manipulation and stretching of joints. This helps to reduce muscle spasm, to increase mobility and to create a healthier state in which damaged tissues can heal. Much long-term, recurrent pain can be caused by degenerative changes to the body's framework.
Nobody can reverse this process of ageing, but your osteopaths treatment may still ease pain by improving the function of your structure. Pain control is an important part of our treatment in the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics and our osteopaths give guidance on simple self-help methods to use at home. The skilled techniques of osteopathy can often allow you a speedy return to normal activity. If you have had a pain for a long time, and other forms of treatment have not helped, osteopathic treatment could be the answer for you.

Key points to remember...

Osteopaths are skilled health care professionals, and osteopaths deal with pain every day.
Six million people suffering from pain are treated by osteopaths each year.
Osteopaths can help you with both treatment and advice on self-help.
Osteopaths treat acute and chronic pain and osteopaths can help prevent pain from recurring. Our Osteopaths are all living up to the high standards of the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics and the Register of Osteopaths.

Visiting an osteopath:

On your first visit with an osteopath, and before examination begins, the osteopath will discuss and record your medical history in detail. During examination and treatment from an osteopath or physiotherapist you will normally be asked to remove some of your outer clothing. Please wear underwear, shorts or sports bra that you feel comfortable in.

The osteopath will then apply a highly developed sense of touch to identify points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. Further investigations by your osteopath may include an x-ray or blood test. This will allow a full diagnosis of the problem and will enable the osteopath to tailor a treatment plan to your needs.

Your osteopath should make you feel at ease and tell you what is happening throughout your consultation. You should ask questions if you have any concerns. Osteopathy can help most people, and our osteopaths work closely hand in hand with the other therapists in the clinic to always achieve the optimal results If further medical treatment is needed the osteopath may contact your doctor, with your permission.

What is the audible click during an osteopathy adjustment caused by? Joint manipulation is characteristically associated with the production of an audible clicking sound. When a manipulation is performed, the applied force separates the joint surfaces of a fully encapsulated synovial joint. This stretches the joint capsule, which in turn creates a reduction in pressure within the joint cavity. In this low pressure environment, some of the gases that are dissolved in the synovial fluid leave the solution creating a bubble which rapidly collapses upon itself, resulting in a 'clicking' sound.
The effects of this process will remain for a period of time termed the refractory period, which can range from a few minutes to more than an hour, while it is slowly reabsorbed back into the synovial fluid. That is the reason, that it is normally possible to do an adjustment to the joint already after one hour – with a new audible click. That does not mean that the joint “has gone back”.

How do I find the best osteopathy clinic in London?

To find the best osteopath in London for your back pain, sciatica or other injury you should first ask your friends or colleagues who they think is their best osteopath in London for them.
You can also look up in google search for positive reviews and that way find the best osteopathy clinic in London according to other user experiences. To find the best osteopath in London by looking at the website of the osteopathy clinic itself can also give good hints although you must be aware that it has been written by the osteopath himself with one of the main aims of letting you know that he is the best osteopath for you - and we are no different to all other osteopaths in London on that point.
But please give us a call on 020 7739 5666 because although it is impossible to say which is the best osteopathy clinic in London - we promise that our osteopaths are very experienced, hands-on and will do their very best for you.
We have been going since 1991 and literally handpicked our osteopaths one by one.

Torben Hersborg, principal osteopath:
Torben founded the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics in 1991. His great insight into sports injuries comes from 45 years of competitive judo, 5th in the 2002 World Masters Championship. He specializes in sports injuries and sports performance enhancement for the elite competitor as well as structural treatment for acute pain and long term conditions. He likes cases that have so far been resistant to treatment. Patients have come from around the World to see him and flown him to most Continents as well. They include numerous World- and Olympic Champions, Oscar Winners and Top Performers.
In the last few years there has been an increasing demand for Torben's treatment of voice problems for singers and actors and he has been called out to give pre-consert treatments for some of the biggest rock singers in history alongside numerous other World renowned singers and actors.
Torben is registered with all the major private health insurances but not BUPA and AXA/PPP who in 2016/7 are reducing benefits per treatment and not allowing their members to top up. This will not make it viable for most clinics in Central London to function. We are therefore restricting our BUPA treatments to one osteopath, Tracy Davies and one physiotherapist, Robert Galloway until further notice. AXA/PPP have reduced their benefit to a level that makes it impossible for us to work with them. Torben gives seminars to fellow osteopaths in London and abroad, please read more here about seminars on sports osteopathy:

Chris Romero, osteopath:Qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003, he decided to further improve his treatment skills by becoming an osteopath as well. He is one of the very few in UK to have this excellent treatment combination. His background as a semiprofessional football player in Spain gives him the first hand insight into sports injuries and training, which is one of the areas, where Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics excel above most.
Chis is registered with all the major private health insurances but not BUPA and AXA/PPP who in 2016/7 are reducing benefits per treatment and not allowing their members to top up. This will not make it viable for most clinics in Central London to function. We are therefore restricting our BUPA treatments to one osteopath, Tracy Davies and one physiotherapist, Robert Galloway until further notice. AXA/PPP have reduced their benefit to a level that makes it impossible for us to work with them.


Diluka Perera, osteopath: Qualified from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 2003.
Diluka's treatments consist of structural osteopathy and can involve cranial osteopathy, visceral osteopathy, naturopathy and nutrition. She also has interest and experience in treating children and babies.
Diluka is registered with all the major private health insurances but not BUPA and AXA/PPP who in 2016/7 were reducing benefits per treatment and not allowing their members to top up. This will not make it viable for most clinics in Central London to function under their terms. We are therefore restricting our BUPA treatments to one osteopath, Tracy Davies and one physiotherapist, Robert Galloway until further notice. AXA/PPP have reduced their benefit to a level that makes it impossible for us to work with them.

Tracy Davies osteopath, osteopath:Qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1992. With 20+ years experience she offers an integrated approach to osteopathy, combining structural techniques with deep tissue massage, alongside postural and ergonomic advice to achieve the best results for each patient. She has been part of the team providing high quality osteopathic care to patients attending the orthopaedic and rheumatology department at the Central Middlesex Hospital Trust and Bupa Wellness and specializes in the treatment of work related musculo - skeletal pain, especially those resulting from poor posture, work ergonomics and stress impacting the body.

Tracy is also committed to the education of students at The British School of Osteopathy (BSO), where she was a clinic tutor for several years. On completing her Masters at Imperial College London, 2002, she was appointed Community Clinic Co-coordinator for the BSO, developing and expanding the portfolio of the Schools’ award winning outreach clinics and continues in her role today.
Tracy is registered with all major healthcare insurers including BUPA and WPA but not AXA/PPP who in 2016 are reducing benefits to their members by forcing registered practitioners into pricefixing..

Brent Snell, osteopath:
Brent qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 2002.He comes from a musical background and for many years prior to becoming an Osteopath he was a professional musician and worked extensively in London and throughout Europe. Brent has a wide variety of osteopathy experience and interests from treating babies using cranial osteopathy through to Structural techniques.
Brent is registered with all the major private health insurance companies but not BUPA and AXA/PPP who in 2016/7 are reducing benefits per treatment and not allowing their members to top up. This will not make it viable for most clinics in Central London to function. We are therefore restricting our BUPA treatments to one osteopath, Tracy Davies and one physiotherapist, Robert Galloway until further notice. AXA/PPP have reduced their benefit to a level that makes it impossible for us to work with them.



Michael Snell, osteopath:
Not related to Brent, he is our newest osteopath, but with his skills and persona he has quickly proved that he really belongs to this exeptional company of practitioners.

Delphine Butler, osteopath:
Delphine Butler graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 2008 with Distinction and later returned to teach osteopathic techniques to the students of osteopathy.
She practiced in various multidisciplinary practices in London for 4 years working alongside different medical and complimentary therapists. In 2011, she relocated to a town on the outskirts of London to take over a busy osteopathic practice.

Delphine’s own experiences with pregnancy and postnatal care, plus the challenges of sharing her time between work and family, led her to a deeper understanding of the area of women’s health. She became highly motivated to provide excellent care in this field.

She has completed a postgraduate course in an Osteopathic approach to Women’s Health with the Molinari Institute of Health (MIH) in London.
Delphine was taught by leading osteopaths, gynecologists, obstetricians and midwives in the field.
She now enjoys using all her acquired osteopathic skills and knowledge to provide the best opportunity for her female patients to experience health throughout the various stages of their lives.

Delphine and her family moved to Jaipur, India for 9 months in 2016 to successfully establish an osteopathic clinic within a hospital.
She also worked at the BSO teaching Osteopathic Technique at undergraduate level in 2014/2015.

Delphine studied many courses in England, Germany and Canada to broaden her knowledge in cranial, structural and paediatric osteopathy from various leading Osteopaths in the field.
She became a certified Pilates instructor in 2010, and often prescribes Pilates based exercises alongside her osteopathic treatments. She also uses dry needling as an adjunct to her treatments having completed a course with the British Medical Acupuncture Society Certificate in Western Acupuncture in 2011.
Delphine is registered with all the major private health insurances but not BUPA and AXA/PPP who in 2016/7 are reducing benefits per treatment and not allowing their members to top up. This will not make it viable for most clinics in Central London to function. We are therefore restricting our BUPA treatments to one osteopath, Tracy Davies and one physiotherapist, Robert Galloway until further notice. AXA/PPP have reduced their benefit to a level that makes it impossible for us to work with them.

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