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At the Ashfield Practice, we understand that your health is the key to getting the most out of life. Therefore, our experienced team of osteopaths and complementary therapists offer a range of treatments for all the family to help with a wide variety of health problems.

Contact NameStephen Hudson
Address22 Ashfield Road
Chippenham SN15 1QQ
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Welcome to The Ashfield Practice

The Ashfield Practice was established as a centre of excellence in osteopathy and complementary medicine in the heart of Chippenham, Wiltshire.

We pride ourselves on our ability to work holistically to support you on all levels – emotionally, physiologically and psychologically.

We treat patients from all walks of life and at all stages of life, from birth upwards. The clinic is welcoming, comfortable and easy to access and is open six days a week.

Whilst we always encourage our patients to use public transport, cycle or walk, we recognise that this is not always possible and there is free parking available on Ashfield Road, or neighbouring roads. We also have a secure area for storing bicycles if you wish.

We are proactive within the community and have working links with other clinics, practitioners, health centres, health professionals and the NHS. All of our practitioners carry out continual professional development, and some of the practitioners are in the process of further post-graduate training.

All practitioners working at the Ashfield Practice are fully insured and registered with recognised professional bodies. All practitioners are self employed.


Osteopathy is a primary healthcare system, complementary to other medical practices. It is suitable for people of all ages and can contribute to alleviating an enormous range of conditions. Osteopathy recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in our body’s structure and function and osteopaths diagnose and treat over 6 million people a year for problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints to help the body’s natural healing ability.

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Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle contact to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head.

It is extremely effective in treating a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age.

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There are various styles of acupuncture and often a combination of two or more of these will be appropriate to your individual needs.

The initial consultation will typically last approximately 1 hour and includes your first treatment.

Your acupuncturist will take a thorough case history recording current medications, previous accidents, traumas, injuries, operations and the health of your body's basic systems (digestion, sleep patterns, etc). Often it is helpful to bring with you a list of your current medications and dates of injuries/operations.

Building up an overall picture helps the acupuncturist find patterns and possible underlying causes for your presenting symptoms.

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Clients meet a professional counsellor in a private and confidential setting in order to explore areas of distress that may be troubling them. In sessions you are given the freedom to talk openly, enabling new insights and understanding to emerge. The counsellor provides an environment in which the client feels respected, listened to, affirmed and accepted. Although it may sometimes be appropriate to offer advice or guidance, the emphasis is very much on enabling you to achieve change rather than telling you what to do.

Counselling varies in length from short or long term depending on the needs and wishes of the client and the depth of issues being considered. People come to counselling with an enormous variety of concerns but some of the issues that are commonly dealt with in counselling are: anxiety, depression, stress, spiritual issues, addiction, abuse, bereavement, divorce, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, panic attacks, work issues, infertility, destructive behaviour patterns (eg self-harm, eating disorders and anger management).

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Sports & Remedial Massage

Massage helps to increase flexibility, restoring full range of movement to joints. Posture improves as well. Once you have regained this flexibility, regular massage will help to maintain it.

Massage helps remove waste products from the muscles by increasing venous return. The arterial supply also increases, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, helping to repair damaged tissue. For a sports person in training, this can be invaluable.

Muscle problems may be present for months before you feel discomfort. For example, long periods in front of a computer can cause a build-up of scar tissue, leading to shoulder and neck pain. Massage plus corrective exercises can help considerably.

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Medical Herbalism

Herbal medicine is the use of plant remedies in the treatment of disease. It is the oldest form of medicine known. Our ancestors, by trial and error, found the most effective plants to heal their illnesses. Now, with the advancement of science enabling us to identify the chemical constituents within these plants, we can better understand their healing powers.

Herbalism, in this country, is now classed as an 'alternative' or 'complementary' discipline but it is still the most widely practised form of medicine worldwide, with over 80% of the world's population relying on herbs for health.

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Nutritional Medicine

There are many ways in which changing your diet can boost your health, increase your vitality and improve your mood. Many medical conditions can be treated successfully. Acute conditions such as colds, flu, inflammation and gastrointestinal problems can respond quickly to nutritional medicine, the benefits often seen in days. Chronic conditions tend to show more subtle improvement over weeks or months.

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Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that can be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses.The term homeopathy is derived from the Greek 'homeo' and 'pathos', meaning 'similar suffering'. In homeopathy a substance which, in its crude form, would produce symptoms in a healthy body, is selected to match the same symptoms found in a person suffering from them.

We all know what happens when we peel an onion - our eyes water and sting, and sometimes may stream with acrid tears, in the same way as hay fever or a cold. The onion is made into a homeopathic remedy, allium cepa, which is sometimes given for the common cold or hay fever. All remedies work in this way although in some cases the symptom picture may not be so obvious.

The law of similars is a natural law and many conventional drugs also work in this way. However in homeopathic medicine there is one essential difference, that has to do with the minute quantities in which the substances are given.

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Reflexology is a non-invasive holistic therapy in which techniques similar to acupressure and massage are used on “reflex” points on the feet and/or hands. A Reflexologist subscribes to the concept that the body is mirrored or “reflected” on the hands and feet and each of the reflex points represent a specific part of the body. Thus, stimulation of the reflex points has an effect on the related part of the body. Reflexology can assist the body to maintain good health or help attain good health through stimulation of the body’s own healing forces.

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All practitioners working at the Ashfield Practice are fully insured and registered with recognised professional bodies.

Owner and osteopath, Stephen Hudson BOst, BSc (Hons), PhD, is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC); he is also a member of the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) and Osteopathic Obstetric, Pelvic, Respiratory and Abdominal Association (OPRAA), having completed the requisite post-graduate training.

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Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Counselling, Herbalists, Holistic Massage, Nutrition, Osteopathy, Pilates, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Stone Therapy Massage, Thai Massage

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