Michael Comfort

BSc(Hons) Ost.Med., D.O.



Michael trained at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London on the full-time honours course. He graduated in 1997 with an honours degree in osteopathic medicine. In 1998 Michael fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the statutory regulatory body for all UK osteopaths.  As a GOsC registered osteopath Michael is required to complete extensive continuing professional development projects and to meet high standards of practice.


Michael has 20 years experience of osteopathic practice. He has worked alongside osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists in a wide variety of different settings, including a 'walk-in' clinic on Oxford Street and an NHS orthopaedics outpatients ward. Michael opened this practice in 2006.


" I enjoy helping people from my own community with my work as an osteopathFor me, working as a 'hands-on' osteopath is a vocation: it's the kind of work I have wanted to do since being taken to A&E as a 9 year old after a bicycle accident and watching the casualty officers at work. I like to work in general practice, treating people from all walks of life for a wide variety of conditions."



What to expect on your first visit to the osteopath


Our osteopath will ask you a series of questions about your problem and your past medical history. Then on to the examination. We provide complete privacy and plenty of fresh towels, shorts and a gown to facilitate undressing. Michael will examine you on the osteopath’s couch. This includes any medical-type tests that need to be done (eg reflexes) and an examination of the area of your problem (eg painful low back).


Michael will discuss with you what he thinks your problem is due to, what the best course of treatment is and how long treatment will take. Once you have discussed these ideas fully, Michael will then ask you for your permission to start treatment.



Treatment with our osteopath

Michael Comfort


Muscles and tendons can often become tense, rigid or in spasm and cause you pain. Osteopaths are highly skilled at detecting which muscles are tense or in spasm (hypertonic) or which tendon has pain and inflammation (tendonitis). A good proportion of your hours treatment with Michael involves highly-skilled, specific massage (techniques aimed at relieving and resolving problems in your muscles, tendons and ligaments.


Michael will detect quickly and efficiently which particular movement of which particular joint has become restricted (stiff inhibited movement often involving swelling and pain). He is very experienced at regaining mobility and freedom of movement in your joints using gentle highly-specific induced movements.


With some people, in some situations, Michael will suggest a specific technique aimed at regaining freedom of movement of restricted spinal (apophyseal) joints. Michael will discuss this type of treatment with you thoroughly to obtain your permission to use this technique.  He will undertake a thorough screening 'safety' examination and give you an indication of what to expect by 'setting up' the technique first of all. You are completely free to opt out of this procedure at any time. The procedure from then on is quick, very specific, uses minimum force and is usually highly efficient. This procedure is associated with a characteristic 'click' as your spinal joints 'free up', increasing their range of movement. This procedure is called spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation.


Michael often uses techniques that involve your rib-cage and breathing to encourage diaphragmatic respiration which is a well-known relaxation technique. He also incorporates techniques to reduce accessory respiration which is associated with long-term neck and shoulder tensions and stress.


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