Welcome

Welcome to Culcheth Osteopaths, a warm and welcoming Osteopath, Chiropody and Podiatry practice based in Culcheth, Warrington. We have nearly 30 years experience in providing our professional services in a safe, caring and reliable environment. Our osteopaths treat a variety of common conditions including changes to posture in pregnancy; repetitive strain injury, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.

The Team

Brian McCormick Bsc, DO
Principal Osteopath

Mr McCormick is the Principal Osteopath at Culcheth Osteopaths. He has been qualified as an Osteopath since 1990 after being educated at the British School of Osteopathy. After working for a year in the London and the South-East, he moved full time to Cheshire. He presently owns and runs a practice from his main Culcheth Office and Central Warrington Office.

Treatments that his patients have said are effective for:

  • Lower back pain (lumbar pain)
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain (cervical pain)
  • Headache
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Hamstring tears
  • Sprained ankle and other sprains
  • Rib injuries incl. recovery from fractures
  • ITB (ilio tibial band)
  • Wrist injuries
  • Dropped metatarsal head
  • Herniated and bulging discs (“slipped disc“)
  • Upper back pain (thoracic pain)
  • Whiplash
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI) Golfer’s elbow
  • Hip pain
  • Achilles tendon tear and strain
  • Foot pain
  • Running injuries

Sue Thomason BSc, DPoD MChS
Chiropody and Podiatry

Sue is a HPC (Health Professions Council) registered Podiatrist and a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. After qualifying from the Northern College of Chiropody in 1990 Sue joined the NHS where she continues to work part time.

During her career in the NHS Sue has been both community and hospital based, developing a special interest in the preventative care and treatment of the high risk foot and specifically wound care. Regular foot health assessments are important for people with conditions that put the feet at risk eg diabetes, rheumatologic problems or vascular disease. Early diagnosis and preventative treatments can be offered to reduce long term complications in the foot. Sue offers annual foot health assessments for the high risk foot and treatment plans to reduce the risk of any future foot problems.

Sue offers routine podiatry care including assessment and treatment of foot pathologies including nail problems, the treatment of corns and callus and the provision of devices or insoles with the aim of reducing symptoms.

Nail surgery is sometimes required for persistent ingrown toe nails. This is performed under local anaesthetic and is a permanent cure.

Biomechanical assessments include assessment of the foot and joint mobility, gait analysis and the provision of insoles to improve foot function and alleviate symptoms.

Sue appreciates that sometimes a full podiatry treatment it not necessary and nail cutting may be all that is required. . To satisfy this need, shortened appointment are available for ‘simple nail cuts’. A full assessment will be required initially to ensure this is appropriate, then reduced time/price appointments will be offered.


Julie Murray
MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip HE, Primary Ear Care Diploma, RGN
Ear Wax Removal

Julie is a registered nurse with over 20 years experience. The majority of this experience has been gained in General Practice and in the Community where she has had the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of different specialities. Julie is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and an Independent Nurse Prescriber.

It was during her time spent as a District Nursing Sister that she undertook the Primary Ear Care Diploma, a nationally recognised qualification in safer ear care. Since then she has continued to manage the care of patients with a variety of minor ear complaints. Whilst some would regard the presence of earwax, as being a trivial problem, Julie is only too aware of the misery that having blocked ears can cause.

She firmly believes that our ears are as important as our teeth and eyes. Most people get these checked on a regular basis but not their ears. Good hearing and having healthy ears is important to your quality of life but they are often forgotten! By having regular ear checks many potential problems can be avoided.

For those who require regular ear care or who have on going ‘problem ears’ getting time off work and fitting appointments around day-to-day commitments can be often difficult to do. For that reason Julie has set up this service to provide an alternative solution for ear care and wax removal. This allows greater flexibility for those individuals who need to make appointments outside of normal working hours. For those patients who struggle to attend clinic appointments she is happy to visit them at home, including at the weekend and during the evening.

Julie is able to offer earwax removal treatments that are safe and effective. She is also trained to treat a variety of ear infections and conditions. She has extensive experience in the delivery of ear care education to health care professionals and is involved in the training, mentoring and updating of both qualified and unqualified staff.


About Us

When you first attend Culcheth Osteopaths

When you first visit Culcheth Osteopaths we will spend some time taking a medical history, which will include questions about your general health and lifestyle as well as asking you about the symptoms or injuries that you are seeking help with. With your consent, we will then perform a short physical examination which is likely to involve touching the areas of your body that are experiencing pain and asking you to move around. We may also look at test results, x-rays and scan reports if these are available.

It may be necessary for us to ask you to remove some clothing, so that we can see and touch the areas of the body causing concern. We are very aware that this is concerning for people so don’t worry, bring clothing such as shorts and T-Shirt or loose-fitting garments, anything that will enable us to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable.You are welcome to bring someone with you into the examination room if this puts you at ease or have one of our receptionists sit in on the session. It’s no problem at all.

We will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve visiting us a few times for manual therapy, we may give you some exercises that you can do by yourself and offer some lifestyle changes. We will ask for your consent to begin treatment. If the we believe that your condition would not be improved with osteopathic treatment they will refer you to your GP or another suitably qualified professional and may provide you with notes explaining their diagnosis and why they feel osteopathic treatment would not help you.


Is Treatment Painful?

Osteopaths work very hard to make treatment as painless as possible, but you may experience some discomfort during and after treatment. Your osteopath will warn you if they think that the technique that they are about to use is likely to be uncomfortable and will stop if you tell them that you are feeling too much pain.

Following treatment about half of patients report some mild soreness in the area of their body that was treated, this can usually be relieved with an over the counter pain killer and will go away within 48 hours. If you concerned in any way after treatment you should contact us and we will be happy to give advice.


What Culcheth Osteopaths Treat

Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.

Listed on our website you can find links to the common joint and muscle conditions that we aim to treat.

Patients have also found osteopathy helpful for conditions such as digestive issues, circulatory problems, neuralgia and problems sleeping and for the symptoms of many others.

Osteopathic patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.


Your Pain

Pain is very individual.

One of our main aims is to allow sufficient time for you to tell your story. Often the longer you’ve had a pain problem, the more there is for you to tell and for us to understand. At Culcheth Osteopaths we feel it is important to create a good environment where we are working together in guiding treatment and further sessions.

We can make contact with your doctors or other therapists as appropriate and can work alongside them in your treatment. If you have chronic pain we can explain the mechanisms and treatments available to help improve your outlook, and help you to try to understand the underlying reasons for your pain. This approach is often helpful for people with long standing pain.

Price List

Osteopathy
New Patient –  (Initial Consultation including treatment) – £42.00
Existing Patient – (30 minute treatment) – £42.00

Chiropody and Podiatry
First Appointment – £30.00
Routine Appointment – £24.00
Simple Nail Cut – £12.00
Dressing – £17.00
(Initial assessment appointment required first)

Diabetic foot health assessment
New Patient – £27.00
Existing Patient – £22.00
Home Visit – Please ring 01925 766666 for details

Counselling and Hypnotherapy
Call for details

Ear Irrigation (Syringing)

Basic ear check – FREE
Ear Irrigation – £33.00
Micro Suction – £45.00


Medical Insurance

We do cover most medical insurance companies. However it is important to call your insurer before you visit to check that you have an authorization code and of course, for any restrictions – for example, you may a need referral from your GP.

If you have private medical insurance with one of the following you will be able to claim back and treatment costs; Medicash, PPP, Standard Life, HSA, and Norwich Union.


Accepted Payment Methods

In addition to cash, we also accept most major forms of credit or debit card payments.

FAQ’s

What is an Osteopath?

An Osteopath uses an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment laying its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease processes. An osteopath uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.

What do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths treat all manner of pain and injury and although about half the treatments are for back pain many other areas are treated, including neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, wrist and ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain, sports injuries, work related pain, stress and many more. The Osteopath treats patients with a variety of manipulation techniques, mobilization, and massage and traction techniques.

How many times will I have to see the Osteopath?

There are many different reasons why people are in pain and each person has a different way of responding to it. The average number of visits to an Osteopath is between 4-6, sometimes less and sometimes more and occasionally an extended maintenance programme is required. However it is the policy of this practice that if you do not respond to your treatment we will discuss other alternatives and tries to find a therapy that works for you. In addition if the osteopath feels that osteopathy is inappropriate then there will be NO CHARGE for that consultation.

What happens when I visit an Osteopath?

When you visit an Osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken and you will be given a physical examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The Osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. The Osteopath may, on occasion, need additional investigations such as x-ray or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed for you. Each patient is treated as an individual with the treatment plan geared towards their needs.

Do I need a referral from my doctor to see an osteopath?

No osteopaths are independent practitioners therefore you can make an appointment without a referral from your doctor.

I have acute low back pain, can osteopathy help?

Yes osteopathy has been proven to be more successful in treating acute low back pain than standard medical treatment.

I suffer from Migraines, can osteopathy help?

Yes migraine can often be the result of upper neck or cranial problems.

Can osteopathy help with my head aches?

Osteopathy will help to correct problem in the neck or upper back, which can often be the cause of pain refereed to the head or face.

I have sciatic pain down my leg, can osteopathy help?

Yes osteopathy can often resolve sciatic pain, this pain is very commonly related to mechanical problems in the low back or pelvis.

I have a sports injury can osteopathy help?

Yes osteopathy can treat most sports related injuries such as ankle, knee, shoulder, wrist and groin problems.

I have a lumbar disc problem (slipped disc), can osteopathy help and provide an alternative to possible surgery?

Yes, many disc problems can be resolved with out the need for surgery with osteopathic treatment.

I have previously had physiotherapy treatment for my lower back which did not help, what is the difference between osteopathic treatment and physiotherapy?

Osteopathic treatment is more patient centred and hand on treatment, osteopaths will treat the structure as a whole and provide a whole person approach to treatment not just direct treatment to the painful area.

What should I wear when attending the practice?

Don’t worry! You will only be required to take off the minimum amount of clothing. Women will be comfortable in shorts and a sports bra. Men will be comfortable in shorts.