Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that acknowledges that the living body is a selfrenewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating system which maintains health constantly throughout life. Whenever that health-maintaining system is compromised, symptoms or disease could develop. Osteopathy is concerned with that which has compromised health rather than the resulting condition.

Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993. They are trained to diagnose conventionally and also to use their hands to assess body function and dysfunction. This gives the osteopath uniquely sensitive information about the disability within the body and how this insight might be used to help restore health.

Although people commonly describe their symptoms in terms of conventional medical conditions, osteopaths do not primarily treat medical conditions; they are more concerned with the cascade of events which could have contributed to the development of those medical conditions.

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The title of 'osteopath' is protected by law and it is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes the high standards of competency, conduct and safety.

Further Information
Further information can be found on the

General Osteopathic Council website

Institute of Osteopathy website

The British School of Osteopathy

What happens when you visit this Osteopathic practice

It is necessary to complete a thorough and comprehensive medical history. You will be asked a series of questions regarding your current symptoms as well as your general medical health and history.

You may be asked to undress appropriately so that the practitioner can make a thorough assessment of your musculoskeletal system; this may also include special tests such as checking reflexes. Please be prepared by wearing suitable underwear or (if you prefer) shorts or loose clothing such as a tracksuit.

The osteopath, having completed any necessary examinations, will form an osteopathic diagnosis. This may lead to a course of osteopathic treatment. However, if the osteopath feels that your condition is inappropriate for osteopathic care or requires more in depth investigations he/she will advise you of this and suggest alternative action.

Please remember it is your body and your personal comfort is of the utmost importance. Do feel free to ask questions regarding your treatment and do please give us as much feedback as you feel you can. This will help us to help you.

Thank you

The Practitioners

Registered Osteopaths, Debbie Dingle and Kevin Metcalfe are both graduates of the British School of Osteopathy in London. Between them they have a combined experience of forty years in practice.

Debbie graduated in 1988 and worked in a multidisciplinary practice in Blackheath, London before returning home to Cornwall in 1991 and starting her own practice based from her parents home. Over time this has grown and evolved into the multidisciplinary practice here at the Kensey Centre on Westgate Street.

Kevin graduated in 2001 and ran his own practice in Lewisham, London, as well as tutoring at the British School of Osteopathy and lecturing in anatomy at the school. He emigrated to Cornwall in 2005 and joined this practice shortly after moving. He also runs his own practice in Bodmin.

Alix Stokes is also a graduate of the BSO. After two years in a busy practice in New Zealand, he joined us here at the Kensey Centre, initially running a list for the NHS and now working privately here and at his own practice in Bude.

Lucy Graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2004. She originally worked in Launceston and Totnes before setting up her own practices in Tavistock and Bovey Tracey. She continues to run a practice in Bovey Tracey and has now returned to work here in Launceston.

Surgery Hours

Monday to Saturday
(or - by specific arrangement with a practitioner)

New patients: please allow at least one hour (sometimes longer) for your first appointment.

Further treatments generally take up to 45 minutes.

Please click here for current fee structure.

Concessions are available depending upon specific circumstances and are at the practitioner's sole discretion.

Contacting Us

A telephone answering service is in operation and any messages left are dealt with as soon as possible. If you have any queries and need to speak to one of us please leave a name and contact telephone number and we will always try to get back to you as soon as we are able.

Please be aware we may be with another patient and it is our policy that the person being treated takes priority.

Tel. 01566 777047

The Orchard Centre . Market Street . Launceston . PL15 8AU