Osteopathy is a physical therapy that uses a variety of techniques to reduce pain, restore movement and promote well-being.  Osteopaths treat all parts of the body – not just backs!

Village Osteopaths is a family and community-orientated osteopathic practice in rural Surrey, between the market towns of Dorking and Horsham in Newdigate.  It is easy to find, easy to park at and its tranquil location surrounded by green fields and birdsong is a great place to start your journey towards feeling better and being able to do more.

Village Osteopaths is run by Helena Greenwood in conjunction with her associate Martin File.  Helena has been working as an osteopath for over 15 years; she is well known for her calm and caring approach to all her patients and well-respected amongst her colleagues and other health-professionals. Martin has qualified more recently but as a mature student brings a wealth of life experience as well as excellent treatment skills and up-to-date knowledge to the practice.  Both Helena and Martin are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) as required by law for all osteopaths.

This means:

  • They have been trained to a high level at an osteopathic institution approved by the GOsC
  • They are regulated and has to meet the high standards set by the GOsC to protect patients
  • They have to keep up-to-date through doing annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • They will be re-validated every 3 years to keep their registrations

Helena & Martin regularly exceed the requirements of the GOsC in relation to CPD hours and have many hours between them of post-graduate learning in general osteopathy and their specialist areas, particularly

  • Cranial Osteopathy
  • Treatment of Children
  • Treatment of Animals (Helena only)

Helena and Martin use a variety of osteopathic treatment techniques including manipulation (also called HVT), soft tissue massage and articulation (gentle joint movements), but their main skills and expertise are in using the cranial (also known as cranio-sacral) osteopathic approach.