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At Hands on Care Osteopathic Practice we offer an individualised, caring approach for the young to the elderly with both acute and chronic presentations.

Osteopathy is a distinct approach to health care based on a well-established system of clinical diagnosis. Osteopaths focus on the structure of the body, using safe manual treatment, taking into consideration the individual needs of each patient. We treat the individual and not just the specific disorder, with our objective being the promotion of long-term health for people of all ages.

Our Osteopaths...


“I found Katherine extremely helpful and approachable and felt immediately at ease with her. The treatment and exercise advice she provided soon alleviated the problem for me.” M.Waren

Katherine and Michelle both favour a gentle structural approach to treatment.

We both use soft tissue massage techniques, stretching and articulation. We also use manipulations and stronger soft tissue techniques where appropriate, in consultation with patients. We both derive particular satisfaction from treating our long-term maintenance patients, especially the elderly, and working with them to maximise their mobility and enhance their quality of life.

Katherine Terry, BSc (Hons) Ost

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Katherine Terry is a fully qualified and insured Osteopath, registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and the British Osteopathic Association (BOA).


Katherine has always been interested in the anatomy and physiology of the human body. After observing how Osteopathy benefited a young relative and after a short career in the horse industry she decided to pursue her interest in Osteopathy.


After graduatingfrom the European School of Osteopathy with a BSc Honours in Osteopathy Katherine was awarded the ‘research project prize’. The four year degree course is similar to a medical degree but with the emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine.


Since graduating Katherine has trained in Western Medical Acupuncture (or Dry Needling). This offers an additional tool for treating musculoskeletal complaints. She is also a qualified Sports Massage Therapist.


Katherine offers a caring and understanding approach for all; including newborns, pregnant ladies, sports people and the elderly. She gets great satisfaction from being able to help people. Each patient is given time to allow her to focus on/care for them as an individual with individual concerns and needs. A wide range of treatment modalities is used from structural manipulation, soft tissue work, functional, fascial as well as visceral and cranial.


Prior to starting Osteopathic training Katherine Terry qualified as a riding instructor and stable manager. Having attended several courses in the treatment of horses she continues to teach. Katherine has a particular interest in treating both horse and rider, in order to improve the performance of the partnership.




Katherine has also trained in the use of Western Medical Acupuncture (also known as Dry Needling), Dynamic Taping and in the very gentle, cranial osteopathy.

Katherine also works in Wimborne two days a week. If this would be a more convenient location please click here.

Associate Michelle Hancock, M.Ost

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Michelle is a diverse and very approachable osteopath offering gentle and effective treatments to help people with joint, muscle and nerve pain anywhere in the body, including low back pain, sciatica, gut problems, neck pain, headaches and so much more. Michelle strives to help patients to understand their body, to improve their confidence in movement, and can help with retraining movement patterns (the way you naturally use your body) day to day and within specific sports.


Treatment includes a discussion about the history of the problem, an examination of how the muscles, joints, other soft tissues and nerves are working and how healthy they are in relation to the problem. Michelle uses hands on techniques such as massage, joint articulation and manipulation, gentle stretching and easy take home advice to suit your needs and to help you achieve your goals in pain relief, strength and movement.


Michelle has lots of experience working with people of all ages from dedicated and novice sports people, to those who are more anxious or that have been in pain for a long time, those who just want a natural way to feel better, arthritis and joint restrictions, to the very frequently seen low back pain and sciatica and so much in between!


Michelle has a love for the outdoors from running, cycling, skiing to trekking mountains around the world, she attends many post graduate courses to keep her knowledge and skills at the forefront of manual therapy.





Michelle has taken courses in obstetrics, functional and visceral techniques and OsteoMap. OsteoMap is an approach to help those with chronic (long standing) pain, to learn more effective coping strategies and to live more active lives.

Hands On Care Osteopathy in Christchurch

Wessex Health Network

Christchurch opening hours:
Tuesday 2.30pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday 2.30pm to 8.00pm
Thursday 8.00am to 2.00pm
Friday 8.00am to 2.00pm
Saturday 8.00am to 2.00pm
Based within the Wessex Health Network, very near to the train station, the practice is under a mile from Christchurch town centre. It offers a professional, yet relaxed, atmosphere and benefits from it’s own car park to the rear of the building. It is easily accessible by bus with a bus stop just outside the building and for those coming from further afield, the train station is just 150m away.


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Click here for further information about Michelle in Lymington.

Katherine also works in Wimborne two days a week. If this would be a more convenient location.


Click here for further information about Katherine in Wimborne

Wimborne opening hours: