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Do you have concerns that your baby or child is not as comfortable or contented as you think they should, or could be? Osteopathy is recognised as a safe, gentle and effective treatment that aims to help release tension in the body to help your child be more comfortable and happier in their bodies. Whether it is for your newborn baby or teenager up to 18, here at the Dove clinic, we aim to offer you affordable osteopathic treatment in child-friendly surroundings

Situated in Dorchester, the Dove clinic is a teaching clinic that is run by the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (SCCO). Here at the SCCO, we are proud of our international reputation as being a leading provider for training osteopaths wanting to specialise in the cranial approach to osteopathy.

Your child will be treated by osteopaths who are already fully qualified and highly skilled, and are undertaking further specialist training in paediatric (the treatment of children) osteopathy under the direct supervision of two of our most experienced paediatric osteopaths and SCCO course leaders, Hilary Percival and Mark Wilson.

Our welcoming, spacious clinic allows us to treat all our patients in one room so that your child feels at ease receiving their treatment and can also see their peers also being treated. Of course, there will be a private room if this does not suit your child, for example if your child is neuro-diverse, auditory sensitive or just adolescent.

You may have heard of and considered taking your child for osteopathic treatment previously but been unable to afford the cost. As a charity, we aim to support all families seeking help for their child. We do not charge any fixed treatment fees but a donation where possible is gratefully received so that we may carry on our work

Click the “Book an Appointment” button to be directed to our online receptionist.

2:00pm to 6:00pm
FEE: What you can afford
LOCATION: Dorchester Community Church,
Liscombe Street,
DT1 3DF [map below]
PHONE: 07512 835604

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to common questions about osteopathic treatment and about osteopathy:

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a discipline of treatment based fundamentally on the relationship between structure and function or form and behaviour. If we look at the developing human body from an engineering perspective, any insult to the shape of the person may compromise the way it performs its tasks and how it subsequently develops. Nobody is 100% straight or symmetrical, but the closer a person is to that, the better they will function. We have many mechanisms within us that attempt to keep a healthy balance, for example whether that be fighting a cold or fixing a sprained ankle. However, sometimes things occur that are beyond the body’s ability to self-correct, to self-heal; that is when we suffer, seeking help from elsewhere. The body is continually adjusting tension inside itself to achieve a dynamic tensioned equilibrium trying to maintain health. When somebody is unable to achieve this, it is the osteopath’s main objective to engage small movements through the body, encouraging it to correct malalignments thereby optimising movement through the body: if a child is not moving well, it cannot work well or even attempt to develop symmetrically.

What will osteopathy do for my child?

For all babies (premature and term) to adolescents, events from growth within the womb, the birthing process, accidents, illnesses, life’s activities – all can have a profound influence on how a child may develop and this may have an effect on how they mechanically function. This in turn may compromise their ability to self-regulate, heal the issues they are suffering with.

Babies, toddlers, children and adolescents may seek osteopathic care for many reasons. We strongly believe, and our clinical experiences and patient and parent experiences (these are 2 out of the 3 pillars constituting Evidence Based or Informed Practice, EIF) support our belief that helping the body realign and correct mechanical faults has a very deep therapeutic effect, allowing the various tissues of the body to do the job that they were designed to do.

The other ‘pillar’ of EIP is scientific research. We are a relatively small profession, so do not have huge resources such as support from pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, hospitals, so this aspect of EIP is not extensive – osteopathy is very logical: if you change the shape of any mechanical machine, it will affect the way it works. We aim to help fix that. By the very nature of the human body, any disease process will have a mechanical component, be it affecting blood or nerve supply, too much or little tension, tone in various tissues; all can be influenced with osteopathic care. That is not to say that osteopathy can cure everything, but it may well have an influence on the body’s state of health and just give enough support to help it cope better.

Is osteopathy safe?

Osteopathy is recognised by the NHS and osteopaths are Allied Health Practitioners. The main concern of the osteopaths is the safety of your child. No baby is too small or too young to receive osteopathy. The techniques and approaches used are always gentle, and your osteopath will use smaller and gentler techniques for smaller, more delicate babies. With larger more robust babies and older children, osteopathy may involve more active movements. Our team of osteopaths have a wealth of paediatric experience including working in various hospital Neonatal Intensive Care and High Dependency Units and acute paediatric wards.

Who will my child be treated by?

The osteopaths are undertaking a Postgraduate diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy, the world leaders in Osteopathy in Cranial Field. The osteopaths are overseen by the Paediatric Programme’s Directors, Hilary Percival and Mark Wilson. All the osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. The SCCO is a registered charity and treatment fees are a suggested donation.

What happens to my child's records?

The osteopathic notes will be taken and stored digitally with complete compliance with GDPR. The SCCO has a legal requirement to keep these notes confidential and stored securely until your child is 25 years old. You can ask for a copy of the notes at any time.

If you need further information, please ask the osteopath directly or you can browse this website; particularly useful information can be found here:

How to find us

How to find us
Osteopath, Mark Wilson, treating a young child who is surrounded with toys