WASHINGTON Pharmacy in Penarth has linked up with renowned Osteopath Louise Cooke BSc (Hons) Ost., LLB, FSCCO.

The independent pharmacy, on Stanwell Road, plans to offer a comprehensive osteopathy service from the privacy of its consultation and treatment rooms.

Louise is a graduate of the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and Aberystwyth University. She is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the British Osteopathic Association and the Sutherland Society (Cranial Osteopathy).

A member of The Sutherland Cranial College, Louise completed her post graduate training in Cranial Osteopathy. She's also undergone postgraduate training in Paediatric Osteopathy and the care of expectant mothers, and has a special interest in the care of the elderly.

Jane Soltys, pharmacist and owner of Washington Pharmacy in Penarth, said: “NICE guidelines have recommended manipulation for low back pain since 2009.

We're delighted to welcome Louise to Penarth and to be providing this valuable treatment to complement the wide range of services that we already offer in our consultation and treatment rooms. This is an exciting development for both us and our clientele and I'm certain that Louise will prove be an invaluable asset to our already strong team."

Louise Cooke added "As an Osteopath, I can safely diagnose and treat musculo-skeletal conditions. Osteopathy works on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their muscles, bones, ligaments and connective tissue working efficiently together. Osteopathic treatment primarily consists of specific, skilled techniques (including manipulation) which restores the body's natural ability to release stresses and tensions allowing the body to heal itself."

"I'm thrilled to be offering both traditional and cranial osteopathy treatments, suitable for all ages from newborns to the elderly. My clinics in the Washington Pharmacy take place on Monday afternoons and Saturdays and I look forward to treating young and old - and everyone in-between."