Essential Osteopathy in Stirling

At Knead to Relax, we believe that many conditions causing pain in the body can be resolved through osteopathy - a gentle treatment which can be used to address structural misalignments and postural imbalances. Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and the treatment will be tailored around each persons needs and abilities.  Fiona McIntosh at Essential Osteopathy is a key part of our team at Knead to Relax and is a talented and experienced osteopath and cranial osteopath (similar to cranial-sacral therapy).

What is Osteopathy?

Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as 'back specialists'. Back pain is what many osteopaths deal with a lot of the time but we also treat other joints in the body - neck, pelvis, hips, knees, shoulders etc., and many varied conditions and injuries from headaches, to muscle strains, from arthritis to sciatic pain, and everything else in between.

Osteopathic treatment does not target only the symptoms but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance. We use a wide range of techniques, including spinal manipulation, massage, and joint mobilization and this breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient's precise needs.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle and gentle type of osteopathic treatment which can help to relieve tension and everyday stress patterns that have built up throughout the body. The treatment itself involves the delicate manipulation of the cranial and spinal bones in order to restore the cranial rhythm.  In the treatment of adults, while the practitioner holds the appropriate bones and gently manipulates tissues, the patient is asked to concentrate on releasing tension and breathing.

Who is treated with Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is an effective approach that may be used in people of all ages.  Babies are often treated after birth. Cranial osteopathy is a gentle treatment that may help to ease the dramatic change from life inside the womb to life in the world outside.  Adults may also benefit from cranial osteopathy.

Please contact Fiona McIntosh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions or require further information about cranial osteopathy or any osteopathic treatment.

About Fiona McIntosh

Fiona graduated with distinction from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) having previously gained BSc (Hons) from St Andrews University. Following further postgraduate training in cranial osteopathy and modern acupuncture, Fiona combines cranial, functional, visceral and structural techniques in her holistic treatments. She has a particular osteopathic interest in treating pre and postnatal patients, sports injuries and patients of all ages requiring cranial osteopathy.


Osteopathy appointments with Fiona in Stirling are available on:

  • Tuesdays 10am to 6pm and
  • Wednesdays from 12.30pm to 8pm


  • First visit   Up to 1 hour   £48.00
  • Subsequent visits ½ hour  £37.00
  • Subsequent visits 1 hour £59.00

Payment by cash or debit/credit card

For directions to Knead to Relax, please see our Find Us page

How to Book Your Appointment

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01786 897260

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Our Opening Times

We are open 7 days a week

9.30am to 8.30pm weekdays

9.30am to 6pm weekends

How to Find Us

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Knead to Relax is very near St Modan's High School.
We are on the Ground floor of Enterprise House,
Stirling, FK7 7UF
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Treatment Prices

1 hour: £42
45 minutes: £35
30 minutes: £25

Initial consultation and treatment: £48
30 minute treatment: £37

1 hour session: £50

Cancellation Policy

Please note that we have a 22 hour cancellation policy.  If you need to cancel or change your appointment, we ask that you give us a minimum of 22 hours notice otherwise you will be charged for the full cost of your treatment.