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Structural osteopathy


Cranial therapy

Posture, breath & biomechanics

Visceral manipulation


Structural osteopathy

Structural Osteopathy is a hands on treatment designed to diagnose and treat areas of stiffness, tension or dysfunction throughout the musculoskeletal system. 

The goal of the osteopath is to ease restrictions of the muscles, joints and other soft tissues thus improving function. This in turn provides the body with an opportunity to stimulate its self-healing capabilities. 

The osteopath uses a series of hands on techniques to reduce restrictions in the muscles supporting injured or damaged joints allowing a physical manipulation of the bones to be performed with ease. 

A series of treatments may be necessary to establish a lasting result. People with chronic injuries are encouraged to have a maintenance treatment to prevent further deterioration of their condition and improve their quality of life. 

Cranial therapy

Cranial Therapy is a refined and subtle type of treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head.  It is extremely effective in treating a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from new-born to the very elderly.

 The skilled cranial osteopath can detect and correct abnormalities and fluctuations in the cranial rhythm (the gentle contraction and expansion of the cranial bones) which if not corrected can result in the interference to the cranial nerves and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF).  In adults cranial therapy is useful for the treatment of: head injury, headaches, migraine, jaw pain and facial neuralgia.  Clients with disc herniation and chronic long term pain may also benefit from this form of treatment. 

At Moorhouse Osteopathic Centre, we have had many years of experience in the cranial field and have a reputation for treating difficult and challenging health issues. We are dedicated to finding the best possible outcome for our clients through persistence, revising and sharing information of cases within the practice, and ongoing upgrading in the cranial field. 

Visceral manipulation

Visceral Manipulation is a very gentle specific treatment that encourages normal mobility of the viscera (i.e. liver, stomach and intestines) and their connective tissue, as well as other areas of the body that have impaired motion.  

Motion can be impaired by inflammation, due to infection, trauma, repetitive movements or emotional stress.  As the body tries to heal itself, the normal tissue fibres can be replaced by inelastic tissue, causing restrictions in the organs’ movement.  

Poor posture and long term stress can create tension patterns in the body. Visceral manipulation aims to improve overall movement which should make for better function as the body is a self-healing, self-regulating mechanism. 

At Moorhouse Osteopathic Centre we use visceral manipulation in conjunction with other forms of osteopathy. Often if there is a problem in the spine there are issues in the tissue/organs, even if the person has no visceral symptoms. 

In adults reoccurring problems in the spine may have a visceral component which is constantly straining the spine.  By treating the viscera as well as the spine the person is more likely to have longer lasting relief from the problem. 


Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into various points around the body, usually to alleviate pain. Acupuncture is widely used throughout the world by osteopaths, as a tool to speed up the healing process. In recent research acupuncture has been shown to work by its ability to stimulate the body’s release of its own natural pain killers (endorphins) to help ease pain. Acupuncture can help with a wide variety of conditions, and can be used on its own or in conjunction with other forms of osteopathy. 

Some examples of what acupuncture can help with are: 

  •      Morning sickness
  •      Headaches
  •      Back pain
  •      Tennis elbow
  •      Muscle pain
  •      Stress 

Acupuncture is practiced by Stephen McCann; it is complimentary to the other osteopathic techniques that he uses. 

Posture, Breath work and Biomechanics

For long term change the above are often three of the most important factors.  


This is a subject that is often misunderstood but provides one of the most important keys to your health.  A simple easy to follow step by step approach to improving your posture increases your strength, suppleness and wellbeing. 

Breaking habits is hard!! But good posture is more than achievable for most people who want better health and to understand the root of many of their musculoskeletal issues.  


Stephen teaches a simple yet effective system of posture correction which gives immediate results. He has been working with Chinese medicine, teaching Yoga and Osteopathy since 1994.  He also has had a long term interest in Martial arts for the last 38 years. Based on this experience he has broken down the most common issues that his patients generally face and offers some efficient answers. How to sit, stand, push, pull and how to use your body efficiently. If you cannot do the basics it is hard to excel in your sports, hobbies and active lifestyle. 

The average person can gain strength, pain reduction and lessen the likelihood of injury, while improving overall health with these simple methods.   

Breath work.  

A lot of people don’t know how to breathe correctly or they know how to breathe correctly but forget to do it.   A lot of people breathe well but not when under stress when its most beneficial for them to do so.  

Stopping to take time to learn how to reconnect to your breath is a major way to improve your overall health physically and mentally. 


You do not need to be referred to us and we can register a new injury claim for you.

 Moorhouse Osteopathic Centre is ACC accredited.  Our ACC registered Osteopaths are Stephen McCann and Caitlin Graves. 

If you have had a personal injury due to an accident then you may be able to have your treatment partially funded by ACC. 

If it is a new claim, you will need to fill in the necessary paperwork so please arrive at the clinic with enough time to do this. If it is an existing claim please bring with you your letter of acceptance or your ACC45. 

However if your claim is rejected or invalid you will be required to pay the difference for your appointment (claims are valid for use for 12 months from date of injury)