What we do

Sue Ahearne is a qualified osteopathic therapist, with additional knowledge of naturopathic medicine and over twenty years’ experience in the field.  She started her career as a sports massage therapist, and then studied osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She believes that everybody has an innate healing power, which is enhanced by osteopathic techniques ranging from soft tissue and bony manipulations through to gentle cranial mobilisations.

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Fully Accredited Osteopath

Sue Ahearne is a fully accredited member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

Osteopaths train for four years, and must all be registered with a professional membership organisation to ensure a high standard of professionalism and training.

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Osteopathy is beneficial for people of all ages and genders and it is helpful for a wide range of conditions.

The conditions listed as follows are recognised by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) osteopaths as those which osteopaths are able to treat, and for which there is proven benefit:

    • General aches and painsAcute and chronic back pain
    • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
    • Headache arising from the neck/migraine prevention
    • Frozen shoulder/shoulder and elbow pain/tennis elbow
    • Circulatory problems
    • Cramp
    • Digestive problems
    • Sciatica
    • Muscle spasms
    • Neuralgia
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Inability to relax
    • Rheumatic pain
    • Minor sports injuries and tensions

If you have a condition which is not listed here, that does not mean we cannot treat or help you however. Osteopaths are also trained to recognise what they are unable to treat and to suggest alternative practitioners or make referrals for further tests. Always contact the clinic for more information and advice.


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What to expect

Your first visit to Lewisham Osteopathy will be approximately one hour long. A full case history will be taken and you will be examined.

You will be asked to remove your outer garments, though you may wear shorts or possibly loose fitting joggers to enable the osteopath to reach a diagnosis. Your osteopath will ask you questions about your lifestyle, posture, work and any sports activities. You will then be advised of their findings, and given a treatment plan.

Follow up treatments are 30 minutes each. Your progress is monitored, and holistic treatment will be given. You may be prescribed exercises or hydrotherapy to help with mobility and pain management.


Initial consultation which includes your full case history, gentle testing and treatment time permitting (up to one hour) £52

Follow up treatments (up to 30 minutes) £45

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Don’t take our word for it! What other’s have said about Lewisham Osteopathy:


“I have been having osteopathy with Sue since May 2012 when I suffered from a frozen shoulder and torn tendons. After regular treatments for this condition during May/June 2012, I was able to return to work in early July. After I returned to work, after only 5 weeks’ absence, I found out that a frozen shoulder can take six to 18 months to heal! Thanks to Sue’s intervention I was able to return to work much earlier than is usual and my shoulder is now back to normal. I still see Sue about every two months to ensure that I do not suffer from another frozen shoulder again. Sue also gives me a general check up every time I visit her for treatment. I have only the highest praise for Sue and give her my full recommendation.”

Mrs F Moran


“I had an attack of sciatica and went to my GP who gave me pain killers, but after some weeks it was no better and I was sent for an x-ray which showed wear and tear to the lower spine. I was told I would simply have to live with it, keep taking pain killers and not be able to walk very far without a stick. I then thought about seeing an osteopath, and chose Sue as she was local to me. My first appointment was very thorough, she explained the x-ray report to me, treatment started and she recommended exercises. Now after only six sessions I can walk without a stick easily and have been able to run to catch a bus. I have no need to go back again now. I am 75 and have arthritis so may need to go back in the future as there is no permanent cure for arthritis. I will not hesitate to go back to see Sue as and when it becomes necessary. Thanks Sue for all your understanding and help!”



“I first saw Sue when I had messed around from one therapy to another. My back was a total mess. Sue discovered that the problem was not my back at all but it was an imbalance due to abdominal muscle weakness. I am now out of pain and only see Sue when it starts to niggle.”



“I went to Lewisham Osteopathy as a last resort and I’m so glad I did. I had a’ shoulder impingement’ but after a few treatments and some exercises prescribe by Sue I’m back to my normal self!”




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What is Osteopathy?

A system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.”

The General Osteopathic Council


Osteopathy is essentially an effective form of diagnosis and treatment for pain and dysfunction in the body. At its most simplest, an osteopath is someone who is rigorously trained for over four years and has an in-depth specialist knowledge of human anatomy and the functional workings of the muscles and joints in the body, and their links to the nervous system.

Most osteopaths’ take a holistic approach to the body, rather than just looking at a patient’s issue in isolation. Each person is then treated as an individual, taking into account their lifestyle, habits and unique physical make up.

The ultimate aim of osteopathy is to reduce pain, return the body to its optimum state of health and show patients how to stay there.

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Exercises, stretching and temperature packs

When having osteopathy it is common to be given exercises to do as part of your treatment and rehabilitation. The exercises given to you will be specific to your concerns and needs, and it’s important to do them as directed by your osteopath to prevent any further harm being done.

Some of the exercises you may be asked to do include those for the shoulders, neck, back, lower back, waist, hips and pelvis, gluteal muscles, legs and core stability. These will all be exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

There are however many way to get exercise into your daily routine, without having to pay for gym membership or buy any equipment. Just staying active and making sure you move every day will have a positive impact on your overall health. Ten to twenty minutes of brisk walking a day will increase your heart rate, help your energy levels and lower your risk of illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. To find out more about the benefits of incorporating daily activity into your life, visit Public Health England’s One You campaign page. The campaign aims to encourage everyone to get active with small but simple life changes that are easy to stick to. There is even an accompanying app that you can down load to help you on your way.

Apart from exercises, your osteopath may also recommend hot or cold therapy with a compression pack. You will be given instructions for how and when to do this, and again, this will be specific to your issues and treatment plan.

Remember to always check with your doctor or osteopath before doing any exercises for the first time. For further information:

An  overview of what Osteopathy is 

Public Health England, One You Campaign

Demonstration of some simple back stretches 

Step by step guide to neck and shoulder stretching

Desk stretches for office workers

Core stability exercises

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To book your appointment, or request further information:

Sue Ahearne Osteopathy, New Eltham
7 Stanley Close
New Eltham
SE9 2BA  07713 218007