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 Osteopath 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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Japanese Acupuncture for Children

Jess joined us in Lostwithiel in 2008 and we believe that she is Cornwall’s first and only qualified paediatric acupuncturist offering treatment to children of all ages, including breach babies in utero.

Japanese style treatment for children is called shonishin (show-knee-shin) uses special adapted “needles” which are stroked and tapped on the skin for the youngest children.

As the children get older, moxibustion is mostly used and sometimes exceptionally fine, single use sterile needles are used. Technique is such that Jess has treated sleeping babies with needles and they have slept through it. Jess particularly enjoys treating teenagers who seem to respond well to treatment.

Jess is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council, and treats adults as well as children.

You can find out more at or phone Jess on (07816)319540


Jess Birmingham, BA Hons, LicAc, DipAc(paed)





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 is the homoeopath who works at the clinic and is registered with the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths.

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