The Practitioners

Cranial Osteopathy

The Children’s Clinic has three osteopaths who use cranial osteopathy in their treatments,  Kate Hands, Lisa Allwood and Philip Hartnoll.

Osteopathy is concerned with the structure of the body and its movement. Mechanical disorders, even when not obvious, have a profound effect on the functioning of all body systems, which is why osteopathy can be so beneficial.  Osteopathy is about health and wellbeing as a whole, and treatment is holistic, so patients do not need to show any specific condition to benefit from our treatments. However, osteopathy is thought to help optimise the body’s resources leading to better health.

Cranial osteopathy is a refined osteopathic treatment using gentle manipulative pressure to relieve strains and stresses throughout the body, including the head. It is widely used for babies and children as it is the gentlest form of osteopathy.

All our Osteopaths treat adults as well as children, but the subsidies are only offered to the children of low-income families. Each osteopath is fully qualified and registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Visit the website Lostwithiel Complementary Health Clinic for further information on prices and for FAQs.

K2013-07-19 08.53.35ate Hands Cranial Osteopath DO MICO RCST 

Special Interests: Neonatal, infants, children and adolescents

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Lisa Allwood BSc (Ost) DOIMG_4385-2

Special Interests:  Paediatrics, migraines and headaches, structural and functional osteopathic techniques

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Philip Hartnoll Osteopath D.O. F.S.C.C.O. IMG_2300

Special Interest: Cranial Osteopathy, paediatrics and the older patient

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Acupuncture for Children

Jess Birmingham joined us in Lostwithiel in 2011 and we believe she is Cornwall’s first and only paediatric acupuncturist offering acupuncture for children. Jess uses only the finest sterilised disposable needles and she assures us that the treatment is virtually painless. Traditionally, acupuncture has been used to treat almost the entire spectrum of illness, physical and psychological, acute and chronic. In traditional oriental medicine, diagnosis and treatment is tailored to each individual and addresses the whole person in order to reach the root cause. It is endorsed by the World Health Organisation for a wide range of diseases. And in 2009 acupuncture was recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for chronic lower back pain. To find out more about Jess, phone  07816 319 540 or go to her website,

Jess Birmingham, BA Hons, LicAc, MBAcC  P1030609

Paediatric Acupuncturist


Homoeopathy is a form of holistic medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat acute, chronic, physical, emotional and mental conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ – in other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it was taken in large amounts.

Homoeopathic medicines are manufactured using a process combining serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking). Homoeopathic medicines are perfectly safe to use for babies, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women, who are under the supervision of a medically-qualified practitioner.

Homoeopathic medicines are made from a very small amount of the active ingredient. Two hundred years of practice, research and trials have proved the efficacy of this gentle system of medicine for both people and animals.

Linda Wileman and Patricia Marris are the 2 homoeopaths who work at the clinic and are both are registered with the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths.

Visit the website Lostwithiel Complementary Health Clinic for further information on prices and for FAQs.