Osteopathy looks at your structure and function. It maximises the body’s self healing and self regulating mechanisms.
While Osteopaths are best known for their treatment of back pain, Osteopathy can also help with a wide range of other conditions.

Osteopathy: Based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

Cranial osteopathy is an extension of osteopathy – and it’s taught at post-graduate level. It’s something we specialise in here at Coastal Osteopathy. It is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment. It uses very gentle manipulative pressure to ease away the stresses throughout the body, concentrating on the head.

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Welcome to Coastal Osteopaths

Coastal Osteopaths was established nearly 30 years ago and I am now treating the 3rd generation of my patients! The practice is based on Mersea Island, just 9 miles outside of Colchester.

At Coastal Osteopaths we use a variety of Osteopathic techniques and our patients range in age from premature babies to ninety year olds.

To see how we may be able to help you, call us now 01206 385362.

Osteopathy: Based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

Approximately 640 skeletal muscles within the typical human
The human skeleton is composed of 270 bones at birth.
Total decreases to 206 bones by adulthood.
Over 900 ligaments in the human body

A detailed description and more information on Ostepathy can be found www.osteopathy.org


I was first treated by Karen about 7 years ago, she took one look at me and said “Do you realise that your right sided ribs have little movement – are you tired?”
I left half an hour later, with full rib movement – feeling I can take a fuller breath than I’ve had for ages
As I have a quite a few problems with my back I have to visit Karen quite regularly, but she keeps me upright, and even still dancing!
Karen is not just an Osteopath – she is THE Osteopath
I found Karen to be highly skilled, professional and sympathetic. She quickly diagnosed an ankle problem in my daughter when conventional medicine failed to find a solution. Osteopathy proved to have very good results. I have every confidence in Karen and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.
I had been suffering from chronic back problems and sciatic nerve pain for 2 years. I had got to the point of desperation having visited about 6 other consultants, with no change to my symptoms. I was extremely lucky to find Karen, she was very professional, listened intently to my problems and was able to use unique skills/treatment to relieve my back pain over time. Having been in a state of chronic pain for so long I had got to the point of thinking I would never get better, I really do owe getting my life back to full potential to Karen.

What to expect

On your first visit your medical history will be discussed and if necessary we will look and touch the areas in which you are experiencing pain. You may be asked to remove articles of clothing. We will then discuss your diagnosis and what treatment, if any, we feel appropriate. If we feel you are unsuited to osteopathic treatment, we will refer you to the relevant professional.

About Me

Inspired by the medical care I received at Great Ormond Street as a child, I have always been drawn to the medical professions.

Osteopathy allows me to realise my potential within a medical framework combining evidence based treatment, health and well-being into one healthcare practice.

Establishing Coastal Osteopaths, nearly 30 years ago, has enabled me to fulfil my chosen career. Based on Mersea Island, my home, it has allowed me to spend time with my two girls.

I make the most of Island life, a founder member of Mersea Island Rowing Club, I am always on the water – happy with oars and sails alike.

Contact Us

Call us: 01206 385362

Where are we?
Coast Road, West Mersea, Essex CO5 8LS

With thanks to Chrissie Westgate for use of the Mersea photographs,
to view more of Chrissie’s work please look at her website: http://www.chrissiewestgate.com/