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All our practitioners are highly qualified in their field, undertaking regular continuing professional development and are registered with the relevant professional bodies.

Chris Heywood

M.OST Osteopath

Welcome to Bramhall Osteopathic practice, where my journey with osteopathy began at the age of 12 right here in Bramhall. Back then, as a visitor to this clinic, I found myself intrigued by the subtle yet effective impact of osteopathy on my well-being.

The experiences of those early years left a lasting impression, fueling a genuine interest in the human body’s remarkable ability to heal. Today, as the principal osteopath, I bring that genuine curiosity and first-hand understanding to our practice. This clinic, where my journey started, is not just a professional space for me; it’s a reminder of the beginnings that led me to where I am today.

I take pride in my approach to patient care, focusing on identifying and addressing the root causes of issues. Beyond symptom relief, my passion lies in rehabilitation and providing patients with practical exercises to manage and prevent pain.

My personal interests in sports, particularly football and cycling, have shaped my understanding of the unique challenges faced by athletes. This insight informs my tailored approach to their care.

In addition to my foundational osteopathic training, I have pursued further education in medical acupuncture, advanced spinal manipulation, advanced shoulder complex treatment, kinesiology taping, and the application of TENS. Continual learning is a priority, allowing me to stay at the forefront of my field and offer you the most effective solutions.
At Bramhall Osteopathic practice, we are committed to your well-being. I look forward to utilizing my expertise to guide you on your journey to optimal health.

Joanna Cheaney


Jo qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1983. In the 40 years since then she has continued to study and evolve her practice to provide patients with a wide range of treatment approaches. Amongst her qualifications she has been awarded Fellowship of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (FSSCO).

Jo started her career doing locum work in various areas of the UK and then had the opportunity to work in Australia for four months. On returning to the UK, she worked as an associate in a practice in Gatley then settled in Bramhall in 1989. She has loved offering osteopathy to the local and far reaching areas and has been delighted to see osteopathy become a well known treatment option.

Jo enjoys treating patients of all ages and from all walks of life. Over the years she has treated babies, children, pregnant mums, adults with postural issues, members of local orchestras and sports enthusiasts through to the elderly. She has become especially interested in treating long standing complex problems.

Jo uses a mixture of techniques from soft tissue to the muscle groups, manipulation of the joints and the subtle cranial osteopathic adjustments. She helps patients understand the mechanical challenges within their bodies, discusses a treatment plan to rebalance them and encourages patients to take charge of their physical and mental wellbeing with postural and lifestyle advice together with exercise suggestions to achieve a fit and well-functioning body.

Liz Halsey

BSc(Hons)OST, BSc(Hons)ACU, M.PHIL Osteopath accupuncturist

Liz joined the practice in 2003. She is both an osteopath and an acupuncturist. She usually combines osteopathy and acupuncture in her treatments, but also offers full sessions of osteopathy and acupuncture. As a qualified gym instructor, she is also able to design exercise programmes for her clients to support their rehabilitation. Liz graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with a first class degree in Osteopathy in 2003. She started using medical acupuncture in 2006 and in 2014 she was awarded a first class degree in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Liz has also studied Human Nutrition at the University of Chester and gained a postgraduate diploma with distinction in 2018. She qualified as a gym instructor in 2021. Liz is registered with the General Osteopathic Council, the Institute of Osteopathy and the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Kate Dewhurst

M.OST, PGCert Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice

Meet Kate, our skilled osteopath, who embarked on her professional journey by graduating from the British School of Osteopathy in 2016. Demonstrating a commitment to continuous learning, Kate has expanded her expertise by completing a Postgraduate Certificate (PGcert) in paediatric osteopathy.

Specializing in the care of infants and children, Kate finds immense satisfaction in working with patients of all age groups. Her dedication to the field extends beyond clinical practice, as she has served as a clinic tutor on the Specialist Paediatric Osteopathy postgraduate course at The University College of Osteopathy in London, contributing to the education and development of future osteopathic practitioners.

Kate is a registered practitioner with the General Osteopathic Council, ensuring that her practice adheres to the highest professional standards. Additionally, she is an active member of the Institute of Osteopathy, reflecting her commitment to staying connected with the broader osteopathic community and staying abreast of the latest developments in the field. With Kate, you can trust in a practitioner who combines experience, ongoing education, and a passion for providing comprehensive care across all age groups.