Osteopathy is a physical therapy that uses a variety of techniques to reduce symptoms, restore movement and promote well-being.  Osteopaths treat all parts of the body – not just backs – and all ages; some osteopaths also treat animals.

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, she has been working as an osteopath for over 15 years and  is well known for her calm and caring approach to all her patients and well-respected amongst her colleagues and other health-professionals.  From September 2017, Helena will be joined by David Vaux, an experienced Registered Osteopath with a background in family osteopathy and specialist interests in cranial osteopathic technique, elite sports and working with musicians.

Both Helena and David are registered with and statutorily regulated by 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 have 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) and will be re-validated every 3 years to keep her registration
  • they have been trained to screen for medical conditions and refer patients to GPs, relevant NHS professionals or private consultants where appropriate.

Helena & David regularly exceeds the requirements of the GOsC in relation to CPD hours and have many hours of post-graduate learning in general osteopathy and their specialist areas. They use a variety of osteopathic treatment techniques including manipulation (also called HVT), soft tissue massage and articulation (gentle joint movements) which are taught at undergraduate level.  Their specialist skills and expertise are in using the cranial (also known as cranio-sacral) osteopathic approach which is taught at undergraduate level but which she has studied and taught at postgraduate level as well.  She applies these gentle techniques to her area of special interest which is the treatment of pregnant mothers, babies and children.