Duncan Cameron Mitchell

“One of the many reasons that I love my job is the uniqueness of each individual patient and unravelling the mystery of why health has been compromised and how to restore it.”

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Duncan Cameron Mitchell - Osteopath

My journey through Osteopathy as a career can be broken down into three phases.

Initially after graduating going into practice was intimidating. For the first year or two I was working in a part of Essex near to Dagenham treating men who had no truck with ‘holistic’ language. I doubted my skill set at first and for the first few years of my professional life doubted I would ever become wise.

The second phase was all about workload. Between 1995 and 2003 I averaged somewhere between fifty and sixty patients a week. The consequence of this was that a bit like Malcolm Gladwell’s theory of 10,000 hours practice, I became proficient. Simply put seeing all those patients honed my skills. I started to recognise what approach worked best for certain types of patients. I was now confident. However, what I did notice was that 80 percent of my patients fully recovered but another twenty only partially recovered or only improved for the short term.

It has been understanding this final mystery of the twenty percent which has filled my last ten to fifteen years. At first learning from physios and chiropractors to see what knowledge they could share then exploring more and more the link between the mind and the body. The Biopsychosocial approach and the success that patient education as part of a treatment approach can help helping individuals with persistent pain. Finally accepting that as a practitioner not all pain is treatable and that management strategies in these situations are just as valuable for those patients.

Duncan’s Posts

Practitioner Summary

– Qualified in 1991 from the British School of Osteopathy

– 30 years experience and approximately 40,000 patients treated.

I have studied with physios and chiropractors from the US, Canada and the Czech republic in patient rehab and learned injury screening at the FA headquarters at St.George’s Park.

Having graduated at the beginning of the nineties Duncan travelled around the UK then abroad working as an Osteopath. He started working at the Summertown Clinic in the summer of 1997 and has enjoyed the continuity of care he has be able to give to patients over these years building relationships and enjoying the trust of thousands of patients.


Relevant Continued Professional Development

  • 2009/2010 Module 1 and 2 British Association of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis
  • 2012 Selective Functional Movement Assessment with Gray Cook (US Physical Therapist) at FA St.Georges, Burton.
  • 2013 Rehab of The Athlete with Craig Liebenson (US Chiropractor)
  • 2014 Rocktape Seminar with Worcester Warriors
  • 2014 Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (Sports) Prague School of Rehab
  • 2016 Explain Pain/ Graded Motor Imagery ( Neuro Orthopaedic Institute)
  • 2018 Know Pain- A practical guide to persistent pain therapy with Mike Stewart (UK Physio)
  • 2019 Physiotherapy Management of Temperomandibular Disorders

I particularly enjoy treating patients presenting with:

  • Headaches
  • Persistent/chronic lower back pain
  • Running/achilles injury
  • Sports injuries

Well that depends on who comes in and what they present with.

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Our Osteopathic Team

We've got a lovely community of like-minded professionals, and our Osteopathic team are at the heart our clinic.

Our diverse group of osteopaths offer the Oxford community one of the UK's leading groups of osteopaths. As a group with have experience teaching the next generation of osteopaths, are fellows of distinct osteopathic groups, and have been involved with elite sports medical teams. We cover the scope of populations you might expect osteopaths to deal with from paediatrics, sports injuries, care of the elderly, to rehabilitation and antenatal care, we have an osteopath who has experience treating patients like you.

James Ruddick

Principal Osteopath

James Ruddick enjoys helping people out of pain, and back to optimum health. Having taught at the UCO, and been involved in elite sports he has a wide variety of experience.

Joanna Ruddick

Principal Osteopath

Jo has lots of experience treating babies, children & pregnant women. She is a fellow of the SCCO and uses cranial & other gentle & effective techniques to restore health & rebalance the body.

Claire Cullen

Osteopath & Pilates Teacher

Claire combines her osteopathy & Pilates training in her treatments. By using osteopathy to restore health & patient focused  Pilates exercises & advice to fully rehabilitate her patients.

Duncan Cameron Mitchell


Duncan has over thirty years experience.
He remains inquisitive & keeps learning. He practices a patient centred approach.

Gitte Pedersen


Gitte's particular interest is in treating older patients & women during pregnancy & treating babies & children.
She has also taught osteopathy & worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children.

Joel Redman


Joel is an award winning Osteopath (iO Associate of the Year in 2015) and has worked in an NHS and elite sport setting. He is currently undertaking an MSc in Sports Medicine at the ISEH (UCL).

Atlanta Kyte


Atlanta is an all rounder, she enjoys treating the elderly & pregnant ladies but is also happy treating sports injuries. She uses medical acupuncture too.

Andrew Nicholettos


Andy has additional qualifications and clinical expertise in Strength & Conditioning and Sports Medicine practice. He uses a blend of hands on techniques with personalised exercise prescription.

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