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Sittingbourne Osteopathic Practice

Osteopathy: The physical manipulation of muscle, soft tissue and bones to relieve pain and create wellbeing

Osteopathy is for:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder strain/pain
  • Leg strain/pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscular strain or tension

The benefits are:

  • Reduced / eliminated pain
  • Better range of movement
  • Greater flexibility
  • Pain prevention
  • Better sports performance
  • Less aches and pains
  • More awareness of posture and looking after the body
  • Better posture and spinal support

Cranial Osteopathy

A focus on the head to identify tension points throughout the body

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Cranial focus osteopathy is a form of osteopathy which usually concentrates on and around the head and spine but other parts of the body can also be incorporated too.
It’s a more gentle approach to osteopathy than manipulation and mobilisation, so Mark will decide if this is the best treatment for you based on your symptoms and medical history.

Structural Osteopathy

A focus on the problem area and other parts of the body that may affect it

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Structural osteopathy is based around solving problems, relating to the tissues that make up the structure of the body, such as the muscles, ligaments, joints and tendons.
Mark knows how your body should mobilise and feel, so will be able to spot where there is a problem.
Treatment therefore relieves pain and tension, but also helps to restore movement, preventing the problem from further manifesting and causing more pain.


Using small needles to stimulate the body to respond and recover

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Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, as a way of unblocking the channels that flow around the body. Congestion is thought to cause ill-health and Mark will offer acupuncture alongside osteopathy for some clients.

The needles target trigger points to relieve muscle tension, meaning acupuncture is particularly effective for the treatment of shoulder, knee and back pain.

Acupuncture can be used to help relieve pain and improve function where osteopathy may not be appropriate. It is pain-free and safe and is particularly good for chronic conditions such as arthritis.


Mark Smith started his career in osteopathy after reading an article all about it on a train. With his interest in sport, he thought it might be a career that would suit him.

Mark trained at the British School of Osteopathy and qualified in 1989 with a Diploma in Osteopathy.
He’s since gained a Medical Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and a diploma in Chinese acupuncture.
He’s registered with the General Osteopathic Council and the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

More than 30 years later, he is running two practices, seeing a range of patients every week – some come in for regular maintenance treatment and others visit when they have a problem – usually a painful one!

Alongside osteopathy, Mark has also been a fitness instructor teaching weights, circuits, pre and post-natal classes, and Pilates too.

His own sporting interests include cycling, running and going to the gym.
In 2008 he completed an Iron Man triathlon – something he was very proud to do.
These days, you’ll find him out on the bike most weekends, running a few times a week, walking his dogs and he’s even a keen Lindy-Hopper which he’s been enjoying for a few years now.
He also likes to take on a challenge and usually trains for a summer 100-mile bike ride somewhere.

Mark knows the importance of keeping the body flexible and strong, thinking about posture and movement, to allow us to do the things we like to do for as long as possible.


The Sittingbourne Osteopathic Practice was founded in 1990. Since then it has been successfully giving treatments to get you pain free, back to health, back to work and getting you back to doing the things you enjoy.

Pain doesn’t have to be something you accept, nor do you have to give up activities that you love because your range of movement has reduced – osteopathy can solve both problems and get you back to what you want to do.

Our physical health affects our mental health – when we can’t do what we’re used to, we can become very unhappy and this can lead to more physical as well as psychological problems. Osteopathy can help you break this cycle. The clinics are run by Mark Smith, who has more than 30 years’ experience as an osteopath and a vast knowledge of the human body, how it works, the effects of modern living and the best treatment for each patient when it does go wrong. Not everyone’s pain is the same and so an individual approach is vital.

His sessions involve not only fixing the problem, but identifying why it happened in the first place and advising on corrections in posture, sporting technique or movements to increase or avoid to strengthen the weakened area and reduce a recurrence of the problem.

He’s keen to educate people so that they can make lifestyle choices which take into account how they use their body and the effect it has.

1. Sports Injury

Exercise is good for you, but if you play one sport often, then you will be liable to repetitive strain injuries. This is true for both the amateur and professional – neither wants their sport interrupted.
Osteopathy identifies the injury but also the cause; by changing technique, the problem can be prevented, but it may be that the body needs some help to recover before you can return.

2. Acute Pain

Mark will use his vast knowledge to choose the best treatment plan for you and give you home exercises to be able to relieve pain in-between sessions or if the problem recurs.

3. Chronic Pain

Osteopathy relies on a whole body approach, so Mark will listen to what his patients say about the area of pain, symptoms and cause, but also explore the body’s musculoskeletal make-up, looking for issues that could be the root of the problem presenting itself. For example, your leg pain may be caused by a misalignment somewhere else in the body – which Mark will spot and work to correct.

4. Ante/Post Natal

Pregnancy puts a huge amount of strain on the body, moving the skeletal framework around, changing the centre of gravity and putting tension on the body over a relatively fast period of time.
Likewise, when baby has been delivered, things start changing very rapidly again and daily routines to look after baby can aggravate an already fragile and fluid body structure.
Osteopathy can help to relieve pain during and after pregnancy, allowing you to enjoy this special time without pain and daily limitation.

5. Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, as a way of unblocking the channels that flow around the body. Congestion is thought to cause ill-health and Mark will offer acupuncture alongside osteopathy for some clients.
The needles target trigger points, to relieve muscle tension and is particularly effective for the treatment of shoulder, knee and back pain.

6. Injury Rehabilitation

No-one wants to be injured, but if you are, osteopathy can help to get the body back to good health. The body compensates for injury by putting pressure elsewhere – if you’ve got a bad left leg, the right will work harder, and so the first problem causes a second one. Osteopathy looks at the whole body to ensure it’s in the right alignment, tension-free and behaving as it should be to recover the injury and prevent it from recurring by strengthening and conditioning.

7. Neck & Back Pain

These two areas of the body are often where patients feel tension and pain. There are many reasons for the pain which Mark will identify and it could be from a past injury, misalignment, posture problem or recent trauma. Once Mark has found out, treatment will work towards getting the joint or muscle working as it should be to prevent further problems or reduce the current pain level.

8. Shoulder & Joint Injury

Another frequently seen area, the shoulder is a very complex joint with so many things that can go wrong sometimes ‘overnight’! Other joints around the body are equally complex, but Mark knows how they should perform against how yours is actually performing and will provide treatment to get them back to functionality and pain-free.



Mobile: 07720 548364

Office: 01795 420 408



Suite C9
St George’s Business Park
Castle Road

ME10 3TB

Free parking available outside the practice

Opening hours: 10am to 7pm (Monday to Friday)

Subject to availability