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About Osteopathy

Osteopathy is an effective and safe manual therapy for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including:

Low Back Pain

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Hip, Knee and Ankle Pain


Sports Injuries

Pregnancy Aches and Pains

Pre and Post Natal conditions

Pelvic and Period Pain

Baby and Child conditions

Post-trauma Stress conditions

Your initial appointment will last for about an hour and follow ups for about 45 minutes. During your first appointment a comprehensive medical history will be taken prior to an examination taking place which will usually involve specific musculoskeletal and neurological tests, as well as active and passive movements, in order to determine a working diagnosis.

You may be asked to undress a little to aid this process but it is possible to work around any clothing that you may wish to keep on. If that is the case then please wear loose flexible clothing to allow for a full examination.

By law, you have to give your full and informed consent to both the examination and treatment and you will be asked to complete an online form on booking your initial appointment or sign a consent form in the clinic if that is problematic, and you will be asked to verbally agree to any treatment that may be deemed appropriate by your osteopath. You may naturally decline any treatment techniques that you do not wish to be used during your treatment. 

Prices for osteopathic treatment are as follows:

Appointments with David £70 for initial 60 mins and then £55 for follow up appointments for 45 minutes

Appointments with Victoria £70 for initial appointments and then £70 for follow up appointments of 60 minutes

and £110 for follow up appointments for 90 minutes if required.

Specialist treatments are priced separately, please speak to the osteopath to confirm a cost breakdown


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Cranial Osteopathy

This involves using natural movements of the body to determine areas of tension and restriction and then releasing them by the application of gentle pressure and articulations usually through the cranial bones in the head and the sacrum bone at the base of the spine. Because of its gentleness, it is a useful form of therapy for the aches and pains of pregnant mothers and babies.

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Structural Osteopathy

This type of osteopathic treatment involves using articulation, manipulation and massage techniques to free up restricted joints, relax tense muscles and work towards improving posture and alignment with the aim of reducing painful musculoskeletal symptoms and improve healthy functioning of the body.



Deep tissue, sports, soft tissue and lymphatic massage techniques are used to release tension and improve fluid movement around the body to support health and recovery.

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David Hayward B.Ost

Having qualified from the then British School of Osteopathy in 2007, David has completed post-graduate courses at the renowned Sutherland College of Cranial Osteopathy and the College of Classical Osteopathy.

He looks to work in a holistic manner, treating the cause of the discomfort as well as the reasons why the problem has occurred in the first place and has long-standing interest in treatment of the elderly and chronic conditions.

David aims to use a range of Osteopathic techniques including structural articulations and manipulations, cranial and classical ones as well as deep tissue, sports and lymphatic massage techniques, with the aim to make each treatment as individual as possible to each patient whatever their condition.

David currently lives in Batheaston with his wife, two sons and two lovely lurchers.

He is available for appointments in Laura Place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings; and in Batheaston on Mondays and Wednesdays. 


Victoria Kent B.Sc (Hons) Ost

Victoria is a multi-disciplinary osteopath with over 25 years’ experience, specialising in women, babies and children.

Having graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1998, she started her professional career with two of the UK’s leading osteopathic clinics. At the Penn Clinic (Hatfield,Herts) she specialised in cranial osteopathy and babies and was directly mentored by Caroline Penn for 4 years. At the Kane and Ross Clinic (Wimpole St and Sloane St London) she focussed on pregnancy and post-natal care of mothers and new-borns, working in direct conjunction with obstetricians from renowned hospitals The Portland and St John & Elizabeth’s. 

Returning to her hometown of Bath in 2005 she ran her own practice for five years, The Victoria Kent Clinic (Catherine Place), before relocating to Singapore with her family for the following nine years. 

In Singapore, Victoria worked as a practitioner and director of the City Osteopathy and Physiotherapy (Guthrie House) Clinic.  She helped develop it from a small practice of three clinicians to a multi-disciplinary practice of sixteen, encompassing osteopaths, physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists. 

“We purposefully took a collaborative approach across all these disciplines,” says Victoria, “and that, along with mentoring osteopaths at the clinic, really broadened and deepened my holistic knowledge”

Now settled back in Bath, Victoria is based at Laura Place Clinic and is enjoying treating many of her former patients and welcoming new ones.

Over the course of her career, Victoria has treated a wide variety of patients - from those just a few hours old to the oldest at 104.  Her main focus is helping women, babies and children:

“Having treated women for over 25 years I understand how complex our lives can become and how this can affect our bodies. My main objective is to reduce my patients’ tension and pain, to build their resilience and help them thrive whatever the ups and downs of life.”

Victoria’s personal experience of motherhood deepened her interest in helping babies and children:

“I had three refluxy babies who didn’t sleep much and my daughters were diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. This really motivated me to advance my knowledge of the intricacies of babies’ and children’s development.”

Victoria draws on her experience to use a wide range of osteopathic techniques including cranial, articulation, soft tissue massage, dry needling, reflex integration work and fascial release.

She remains committed to her ongoing professional development and is currently studying for a post graduate diploma in Women’s Health, with leading visceral practitioner Caroline Stone. 

She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the Sutherland Cranial College and MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration). 

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