We are a highly skilled team of osteopaths based in Comber, Co Down, Northern Ireland. Established in 2003 we are a multi-practitioner clinic with a wide skillset specialising in back and neck pain, joint pain, paediatrics, cranial osteopathy and sports medicine enabling us to treat an extensive range of conditions. We are the only clinic in Northern Ireland to have post graduate training from The Osteopathic Centre for Children in London.
Julia McLaughlin graduated with an honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine and a Diploma in Naturopathy from The British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. After gaining experience working in multidisciplinary clinics in Oxford, Bristol and Northern Ireland she set up her own clinic in Comber Co Down in 2003. She is currently the only Osteopath in Northern Ireland to have completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London. The Diploma provided unparalleled Paediatric training and comprehensive clinical experience working in such locations as the Neonatal Unit at Barnet Hospital.
A huge part of this course centres round treating patients cranially and Julia uses both structural and cranial techniques tailoring treatment specifically for each patient. She has developed a wide range of skills over her years in practice that have enables her to successfully treat a wide range of conditions in people of all ages.
Julia is a member of the Sutherland Cranial College (SCCO) and is continuing her professional development through post graduate courses with the SCCO and the Biodynamic Osteopathy 8 phase courses.
Aaron studied at the European school of Osteopathy in Maidstone, Kent graduating in 2010 with an honours degree in Osteopathy. He is currently completing a diploma in paediatric Osteopathy with the Sutherland Cranial College having a strong interest in the treatment of babies and children as well as adults.
Aaron worked in the south of England and Dublin before returning to Northern Ireland to practice. He believes strongly in the holistic benefits that Osteopathy can bring to the patient getting to the root cause of the problem and tailoring the treatment to the individual patients needs.
Dirk graduated with a Master degree in Osteopathy from the University College of Osteopathy. Before pursuing Osteopathy, he trained in Sports, Exercise Science and Rehabilitation and worked for Nuffield Health in London for 10 years. He is also a certified as a medical Acupuncturist and Clinical Exercise Specialist. He completed further postgraduate studies in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
He has a strong specialist skill set in exercise rehabilitation covering a diverse range of chronic and post-acute medical and musculoskeletal conditions which require a combination of both manual therapy and clinical exercise prescription to facilitate recovery. Dirk has trained and treated elite athletes; he was an avid swimmer competing at junior national level himself, and understands the demands on the human body.
Dirk uses a structural treatment approach which includes postural evaluation, biomechanical analysis, functional and special orthopaedic tests to make a clinical diagnosis after taking a comprehensive case history.Treatments include lots of soft tissue massage, stretches, muscle energy techniques, joint articulation and manipulation to just name a few.
Dirk understands that every person's structure and treatment preferences differ and uses a wide variety of techniques suitable and preferable for his patients. This is complemented with some exercise prescription to facilitate recovery as exercise compliance is key to recovery and general health.
The treatment is explained fully, good advice in terms of exercises is given and any questions are answered. The treatment I received makes you feel very relaxed and loosens the muscles which are causing the discomfort.
I have been attending Comber Osteopathic Practice for several years. I first went when I was suffering from lower back pain. I had pain when I bent over, lifted heavier objects, stood still for any length of time, or lay flat on my back in bed. At first, I had regular appointments, and each one resulted in a noticeable improvement in my pain. I now only attend 3 or 4 times a year, and my back pain has completely resolved. I keep going so that the back pain doesn't come back. I recommend Julia and her team to anyone I talk to who suffers from back or other pain. Their treatment has seen me through my pregnancy without any back pain, and I can't praise them enough! They are caring, professional, and great at what they do!
I cannot recommend Julia's work highly enough. I go to her regularly to make sure I'm keeping my health in balance but we have also put our faith in Julia for help with our son in his recuperation from brain cancer. Julia has not only been very knowledgeable but equally caring and courageous in working with our son when he was fragile. Her help, her dedication, her different insight and her compassion have been and continue to be priceless to us in his recovery.
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