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 is a registered osteopath with the Gosc, a member of the Osteopathic sports care association and on the Register of Exercise Professionals. He is also a certified medical Acupuncturist and Exercise specialist.
He has a strong sports background where he trained as junior national athlete for South Africa. He went on to study personal training then sports rehabilitation and massage. He worked as a personal trainer and exercise rehabilitation therapist over the past 12 years and worked for the multi disciplinary Nuffield Health team in London specialising in sports injuries and postural related dysfunctions treating and training athletes and pt clients.
After working in this field he discovered the benefits osteopathy offered patients. This lead him to complete his masters in osteopathy degree in London. In future he aims to complete postgraduate courses to work in paediatrics, cranial therapy, ultrasound imaging and sports medicine with the aims to eventually work with large sports teams and private patients locally.
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.
|Mon||10am - 8pm|
|Tue||8am - 5pm|
|Wed||8am - 6pm|
|Thu||8am - 8pm|
|Fri||10am - 6pm|
|Sat / Sun||closed|