Harpenden Osteopaths

General Osteopathic Council

All our Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Welcome to Harpenden Osteopaths


As from 1st June 2020 we will be starting to see some patients within the clinic. Appointments will be on the hour to allow a thorough clean in between and to prevent crossover of patients within the waiting room. Patients will be required to wear a mask, which we can provide if necessary, I will also wear a mask, gloves and disposable apron to limit the risk of passing on infection. We will still offer telephone or video consultations and this would be a sensible first point of contact to determine whether a face-to-face consultation is necessary. I understand that many patients visit osteopaths as they find a hands on approach beneficial but I believe a lot can be achieved with patients gaining a greater understanding of their problem and by performing appropriate exercises, all of which can be achieved remotely.


Harpenden Osteopaths was established in 1991 by Matthew Tant after qualifying from The British School of Osteopathy in 1990.  As well as having 25 years of experience in private practice, Matthew also taught student osteopaths in the outpatients clinic of The British School of Osteopathy from 1992 until 2004.

Osteopathy provides effective, safe and natural treatment for problems affecting the mechanics of the body – the muscles, joints, ligaments and skeletal structure.

Common conditions that respond extremely well to osteopathic treatment are:

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Chronic and long-term aches and pains
  • Mechanical problems experienced by expectant mothers.

These conditions may be problems in isolation but they may also be symptoms of other conditions or the result of compensation for poor mechanical function elsewhere in the body.

Osteopaths take an holistic approach to examination and treatment, taking into account the structure and function of the whole body, as well as external factors like work position.
The osteopath is involved in assessing ways that all of these factors affect the body and cause the areas of injury and pain to occur.

Osteopathic treatment is hands-on and takes the form of massage and stretch to the muscles, tendons and ligaments and mobilisation and articulation of joints.

We also provide Shockwave Therapy for treatment of plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, hip pain, tennis elbow, shoulder pain due to calcification tendinopathy and many other conditions.