About Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy


Osteopathy is the science of human mechanics. It is a system of diagnosis and treatment which lays its main emphasis on the structural and mechanical problems of the body. The osteopath is most concerned with the body framework and how it is functioning. His job is to diagnose and treat faults in this mechanical system due to injury , stress or any other cause.

What does the osteopath treat?


The osteopath can treat many different types of problems. I a recent survey, it was found that 44% of patients presented with low back pain, 15% with limbs/extremities, 13% with neck pain and 15% with pain in the thoracic spine and ribs. In treating these patients the osteopath aims to restore and to maintain function, not dealing with the pathology such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease but with the effects on the body. For example, by working on the  diaphragm, rib cage mechanics and muscles affecting breathing, conditions such as asthma can be successfully treated.

Osteopathic Council


For many years, osteopathy has been regulated by voluntary registration bodies. However, since the Osteopaths Act 1993 the official statutory body that regulates every practicing osteopath in this country is the General Osteopathic Council. It is now a criminal offence to use the title "osteopath" who has not done the rigorous process of statutory regulation with the GOsC. Tn osteopath is a skilled practitioner of manual medicine and since he or she is registered with GOsC is subject to strict ethical codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures. They also have to be properly insured. 


Stephen Choy is a registered osteopath qualified with Honours in 1983 at the British School of Osteopathy. Before training , Stephen studied for a BSc(Hons) degree in Physiology at London University and in 1981 became a medical microbiologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading

Stephen has been working in Islington for the last 34 years and for the the last 24 years has been working in his present address in Northchurch Road.

During his career, he has been a lecturer in respiratory medicine at the BSO and has helped run a postgraduate 2 year Research Methodology course. In 1998, Stephen successfully registered with the new statutory osteopathic organisation, the GOsC.

"With a successful osteopathic career lasting over thirty four years I have treated thousands of patients with a huge variety of medical conditions, from neck problems to unresolved and undiagnosed aches and pains throughout the body. No osteopath can say that they have been able to treat every condition successfully, but if there is a mechanical or physical reason that can be treated, I will find it. I love a challenge and have treated many exacting patients rapidly and successfully. Treating dancers at the Saddlers Wells in Islington who are about to go on stage were a typical group. Also actors about to perform at the Almeida and other theatres in the area have also been interesting cases.

Over the years, I have had a particular interest in solving headaches and difficult shoulder problems using manipulative therapies and more gentle Cranial techniques"


88a Northchurch Road


London N1 3NY

Garden basement flat (side entrance) 6steps

Consultation by appointment only

Initial appointment (60mins)......£60

Subsequent appointments......£45

Treatment after 1 year......£50

Payment by cash, BACS or cheque

Monday – Thursday  09:00AM – 19:00PM

Tel:  0207 354 2314

Mobile:  07831 699192


Bus:Southgate Rd.....76,141,21

Essex Rd....38,56,73

Contact details

Age range of patients has varied from two weeks to 95 years with the majority between 25 and 60.

Osteopathic treatment is not standard and will vary with your age. fitness and your condition. Treatment is very safe and is non-invasive and I will use a variety of different techniques, from very gentle cranial treatment to slightly more vigorous "clicks" to the small joints of the spine. I am happy to work with the patient to find the most effective method of making positive changes.

It is normal to feel slight discomfort after a treatment session and is usually only of short duration.

Osteopathy involves observation and palpation of the whole body and it will be necessary to be treated in your underclothes. Neck problems, for instance, can have connections with other parts of the body and it may be necessary to treat the whole spine.

Please wear comfortable lose fitting clothes . If you have any particular concerns, please let me know.

Feel free to bring a friend or chaperone during the session if you wish.

Treatments can vary from 2-3 sessions for an acute neck to weekly sessions lasting a few months with a long term shoulder problems. It is difficult to predict an outcome and is dependent on many factors, but according to ?Which magazine, 94% of patients are satisfied with osteopathic treatment. Osteopathy does not offer cures but can be surprisingly effective.

I am recognised by all the major health insurers...BUPA, PPP act.

There is no statutory need to inform your GP or workplace when you attend for treatment


stephen choy

Stephen Choy