Sharon Dempster BSc(Hons)Ost & Associates
Devizes Osteopathic & Sports Injury Clinic
15 Bridewell Street
Pewsey Osteopathic & Sports Injury Clinic
9 High Street
01380 728453 / 07737 416906
We are a group of practices with clinics in Devizes, Pewsey and Amesbury. We offer a variety of clinics and services including Structural Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Expectant Mothers’ and treatment for Sports Injuries.
Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. Back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms.
Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance. Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance.
We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as 'cranial osteopathy'), joint mobilization and medical acupuncture - this breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs.
Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people.
Before we start to treat you, we will make a full medical assessment. We take time to listen to you and ask questions to make sure we understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. We’ll ask you about things like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help our diagnosis.
We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.
We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.
Using touch, we may also find the areas which are sensitive or tight and this helps us to identify what’s going on.
When we have done this, we can diagnose your condition. We may sometimes feel that osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis.
Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.
Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they crack their knuckles.
We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone, Kent. I studied for 4 years, full-time, and qualified in 1997 with a BSc(Hons) in Osteopathy.
I am registered with the General Osteopath Council (GOsC). The GOsC regulates the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom. By law osteopaths must be registered with the GOsC in order to practise in the UK.
I am also a member of the British Osteopathic Association.
I treat anyone of any age for all manner of aches and pains, and minor sports injuries.
I have a special interest in the osteopathic care of women during pregnancy or afterwards - for example, many women are aware of pelvic girdle pain (formally known as SPD), but they don't know that it can be successfully treated, even if many years have passed since giving birth.
I also treat babies and children with a mix of structural and cranial osteopathic techniques.
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Other available therapies
Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy
Pelvic Girdle Pain
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
In Devizes and Amesbury, our fees for a new patient are £45.00. We then charge £38.00 per follow-up treatment.
In Pewsey, the new patient fee is £48.00 and £38.00 for follow-ups.
For children under 16 years of age, we reduce the above fees by £10.00.
In Devizes and Pewsey, we don't take cheques, but accept most major debit and credit cards.
In Amesbury, payment is by cash or cheque.
We are registered with most medical insurance companies.
Please check with your insurers before booking to make sure that you are covered, or if you need to be seen by your GP first.
You do not need to be referred by your doctor to see us, unless your medical insurance company requires it beforehand.
For further information as to what we do, and what we can help with, please see our practice website.
If you have any questions, or would like to book an appointment, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
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