Burwash manor, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY, UK


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Clinical Rehabilitation

Emma Mersseman

Dragonfly Spa, Burwash Manor
Previously at John Lant & Partners

I am a full-time Osteopath working in Dragonfly at Burwash Manor, Cambridge from Monday 4th September 2017. 

This page will be kept up to date with where I'm practicing.


What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and manual treatment that is recognised by the British Medical Association as a clinical discipline.

Osteopathy is often the treatment of choice for people suffering from aches and pains in their joints or muscles.

Osteopathy is historically regarded for treating low back pain, however an Osteopaths assessment will be of the body as a whole functional entirety. Osteopaths can assess many other joints issues such as the shoulder, knee and ankle joints. 

Osteopathy is a 'hands on' form of treatment and diagnosis. Osteopaths use many techniques, including:

 Massage work
 Joint manipulation
 Postural correction
 Breathing exercises


All Osteopaths must be registered by law with the General Osteopathic Council. Osteopathy does not use drugs or medication.

About Emma

My desire to become an Osteopath began while at work experience observing a local Osteopath during my A levels, I was amazed at the skill and sensitivity of “hands on practice” with the capability to ease pain and improve mobility in this way. 


In 2007 I qualified from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree in Osteopathic Medicine and a diploma in Naturopathy. The naturopathy developed my interest in understanding the effects of the foods we eat and how what we eat can be useful in assisting recovery and the effects of certain conditions.

Since then I have completed a part-time post-graduate certificate in Clinical Anatomy and a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Biomechanics to continue my learning. This has involved an in-depth observation and assessment of gait analysis and lower limb function. The overall effect of how we walk can have some dramatic effects to the whole body. Commonly only the feet or/and observation up to the knee is observed in orthotic prescription and this is where further interest was triggered. Many issues can arise from this limiting type of analysis and therefore Osteopathy and Gait Analysis complement each other well. 

More recently I have completed my Masters dissertation (2019). This focused on assessing gait and posture in patients who had suffered long-term back pain, a Clinical Rehabilitation program was used as a six-week intervention. All participants reported improved function and decreased pain. 

Outside of work I have a keen interest in music, singing, playing guitar, and live music.

I love to travel and visit new places. I like to keep fit and healthy with regular exercise and if I get any other free time I’m usually in the garden or dressmaking. 

What to expect?

On your initial visit a detailed medical and health history will be taken and I will discuss your presenting symptoms with you.

A thorough examination of the spine movement and any other areas that are relevant to the ailment will be used to determine the cause and diagnosis. 

You may need to remove some clothing to display the affected areas for this examination. Shorts and/or loose clothing is most suitable. 

Clinical Rehabilitation Training

I offer a one to one Rehabilitation Training Programme which enables a more specific exercise regime.  As an Osteopath observing and assessing fluidity of movement is everyday practice. Often after injury the body has learnt to compensate and developed new and less efficient ways of working. The rehab training is individually aimed to restore those abnormal movement patterns, improve and maintain function, and further still prevent injury reoccurrence. 

The initial consultation will take approximately one hour. This is to allow a full case history as well as the exercise regime. Follow up training sessions will take 45 minutes. A six week program is recommended to assure progression.

















Alongside the one to one training I offer Rehabilitation classes which are currently running through the year as a six week program.  

This class is built to bridge the gap between injury and returning to full function and capability. The principles of the class are based on body movement coordination and technique, the focus is on combining strength and mobility to retrain the body and develop spinal and pelvic stability as the base of support. Whilst regaining improved physical function, this will aim to prevent compensatory movement patterns that can occur after injury.


The weekly class is usually carried over a six week progressive program.

The six week class fee will be required on confirmation.   

£15 per class, total six week cost of £90. 

A maximum of 8 people in each class.

Loose clothing should be worn.

Classes are located in Coton and Girton. 

A short initial assessment will need to be completed if I haven't treated you before.

More six week programs are currently being arranged in addition so please contact me if you're interested. 

Next class program start date:

Tuesday 14th January 2020


Contact Us

Call to schedule an appointment, or send us an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Free and accessible car parking

Please ring 07788243824 to discuss or if you're unsure Osteopathy is for you


Clinical Rehabilitation Testimonials

At the Back to Your Feet Pilates sessions you receive comprehensive physical and mental training that changes the way you think about your whole body. Emma is knowledgeable and professional and the results are instantly noticeable.

James /  Audio Visual Technician

Attending the Back to Your Feet Pilates class, while undergoing a 
steady recovery from a slipped disc injury, has enabled a much needed 
build up of core strength with targeted exercises carefully managed and 
controlled on an individual basis.

Paul/ Retired 


Initial Consultation

(45 minutes):


Subsequent Treatment

(30 minutes):



Opening Times:

Monday: 8.30am - 6pm

Wednesday: 8.30am - 6pm

Friday: 9.30am - 5pm

Clinical Rehabilitation One to one sessions:

Initial Consultation

(45-60 minutes):


Subsequent sessions

(40 minutes):


*See above for class fees

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