For Adults, Children & Babies

Osteopathy is a patient centred manual therapy that may be helpful in treating conditions such as back pain, neck and shoulder pain, all joint pain, whiplash and soft tissue injury.

Techniques include; soft tissue therapy with manipulation and adjustment; lymphatic drainage; myofascial release, visceral and cranial sacral osteopathy.

For information about Cranial Osteopathy, visit our Cranial Osteopathy Page

For information about making a claim for treatment through your Private Medical Insurance, please visit our Private Medical Insurance Page

Osteopathy Appointments

  • INITIAL ASSESSMENT

    Booking Time: 45 Minutes
    Price: £71

  • FOLLOW UP

    Booking Time: 30 Minutes
    Price: £61

    Booking Time: 45 Minutes
    Price: £71

Our Osteopaths

Marcia Cranial Osteopathy reCentre Balham

MARCIA HUGALL BSC (HONS) OST, MSC PAED. OST

Marcia Hugall is a fully qualified, GSoC registered osteopath. She became a MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy in 2009 and has worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy.

Marcia has lectured at the both the British School of Osteopathy and the London School of Osteopathy. She is also a member of the Cranial Academy, a branch of the American Academy of Osteopathy, having carried out post-graduate study in the USA.

Marcia is a registered osteopath with BUPA, AXA PPP and other private medical insurance companies.

CHRISTOPHER GAIA BSC (HONS) OST

Christopher is an experienced Osteopath who has practiced in Balham for many years. You probably already know someone local who has visited him. He has expertise in conventional Osteopathy as well as Cranial Osteopathy and Western Medical Acupuncture. This varied approach enables him to treat a wide range of ailments and a wide range of people, from babies through to the elderly.

Christopher qualified from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003 with an Honours Degree in Osteopathic Medicine, a Diploma in Osteopathy and a Diploma in Naturopathy. He completed Cranial Osteopathy training levels 1, 2 and 3 soon after. He is also qualified to perform Western Medical Acupuncture and has to prescribe orthotics (tailor made shoe inserts to balance the body).

He has recently completed his Masters in Stress & Pain Management.

Chris is a registered osteopath with BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA, WPA and others.

PETER SCHIMKE M.OST

Peter received his Master of Osteopathy degree from the British School of Osteopathy in 2011 and also holds a diploma in sports massage.

Peter believes healthcare should be about the whole person and therefore takes a holistic approach with clients. This accords with the fundamental approach of osteopathy which seeks to diagnose the cause of pain through analysis of a person's entire body and lifestyle, not just an isolated symptom.

Peter is a skilled structural osteopath who uses a variety of techniques which are tailored to each client's particular needs, including functional and visceral techniques.

Peter aims to empower clients through understanding the nature of their diagnosis and the anatomy involved to support them in self-managing their rehabilitation, because prevention is better than cure. Therefore, he provides each client with recommended exercises to reduce the likelihood of re-injury and to promote general well-being.

Peter is a registered Osteopath with most major insurers but is not able to treat you if you are claiming with BUPA.

Alex Hooper Osteopath reCentre Health Balham Tooting SW London

ALEXANDER HOOPER M.OST LSSM DIP

Alex Hooper is a registered osteopath and sports massage therapist who has been at reCentre since 2012.

Alex worked as a fitness instructor while studying sport science and advanced exercise instruction before going on to study sports massage at The London School of Sports Massage.

He worked in a clinical setting providing massage therapy for over 6 years before deciding to become an osteopath, graduating with a Master's degree from The
British School of Osteopathy.

Alex has field experience working alongside physiotherapists at Tooting and Mitcham Football club and with the osteopath for Oxford University men's rowing team; he has also worked on set as an osteopath for film production companies, looking after the cast and crew members.

Alex provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans for a number of musculoskeletal based complaints, as well as providing sports and remedial massage for relief of general aches and pains. Clinically, his main interests are in clinical communication, pain and injuries related to physical activities.

Alex currently works at reCentre Wednesday to Saturday while completing a part-time Masters degree in Sport Rehabilitation at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Jake Alsop reCentre Osteopath

JAKE ALSOP M.OST

Jake first graduated with honours from Brunel University with a degree in Sports Science, where he focused on the biomechanics and physiology of the athlete and human performance. He continued to receive a diploma in Sports Massage through which he has gained experience treating a range of sportsmen and women in various disciplines.

He later graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with a Masters degree, and has osteopathic experience working in hospital and private clinics, sports clinics and community centres. Jake can help you with a range of issues, including musculoskeletal injuries and complaints. He can offer advice and help develop a plan for you to effectively manage existing issues. With his experience in sport and extensive research into back pain and office workers, Jake’s assessments and treatments can help you in many aspects of life.

He also has experience treating patients with a range of pathologies to help manage lifestyle and musculoskeletal symptoms of various conditions and illnesses. Jake aims to provide effective, personalised hands on treatment with a tailored self-management plan to help aid your recovery, reach your goals, and prevent reoccurrence of injury.

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APPOINTMENT TIMES IN BALHAM SW12 & TOOTING SW17
Monday–Thursday: 8.15am – 9.30pm
Friday: 8.15am - 8.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am – 2.00pm

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