Matthew Devonport, Registered Osteopath

Principle Osteopath and Clinic Director at Wokingham Osteopaths & Massage

Matthew Devonport has been working in Wokingham as an osteopath for the last 9 years after graduating in 2010. His first clinic was the Dover Body Mechanic in Dover but moved to Wokingham to be with his partner, Keri. As well as Wokingham Osteopaths he runs Office Osteopaths and Visiting Osteopaths for acute patients unable to make it to a clinic.

What influenced you to study and practice Osteopathy?

My interest in manual therapy began with a combination of parkour and weightlifting which led to two knee issues and a shoulder dislocation, as well as many other musculoskeletal issues.

I saw my osteopath for the first knee problem and was hooked, during my qualification I sought treatment for a second knee problem. After going down the orthopaedic route, I had a consultant exam, MRI scan and operation and was then told nothing more could be done because there was no problem. After my osteopath corrected the issue in two treatments from identifying an imbalance in the knee muscles, I knew what I wanted to do.

Where did you study Osteopathy?

I studied at the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine (SIOM) in Epsom. It was a small college with only around 100 people over the 4 years but quite full-on. The best thing was that the tutors were a mixture of osteopaths from all of the big universities so we ended up have a very varied education with a lot of different osteopathic styles to choose from.

We had to practice in the student clinic as part of our degree and do at least 1200 clinic hours over the course of the 4 years, including summer holidays, but it was worth it to get the experience necessary for confidence and competence in private practice.

What is your treatment style?

My treatment style is mainly structural and utilises massage, stretching, articulatory and joint manipulation techniques, but I also incorporate classical Osteopathy techniques for a gentler approach to treatment. I’m also trained in using medical acupuncture and sports taping techniques which can really help a lot of sports injuries.

After my knee and shoulder problems I enjoy making a difference to patients who are suffering with the same or similar conditions. Since we came back to work after the first lockdown I’ve also been dispensing invaluable advice regarding ergonomic posture and believe that, especially for desk workers, dealing with those maintaining factors by educating patients is crucial to prevent further injuries.

In terms of running the clinic our ethos is that we want to make sure you don’t need to come back, our goal is to get you better as quickly as possible without any block bookings or upselling products. I’m very proud of our team and it’s an honour to work alongside them, it’s wonderful hearing laughter coming from the treatment rooms when patients are enjoying their treatment!

Tell us something about yourself

My wife Keri works alongside me in the clinic and together we have a young son and daughter who we adore. Music in the clinic is a must, we even take requests – especially from metal fans.

Paddle boarding is my favourite activity and you’ll often find me on the Thames at weekends. Also, parkour is saved for showing off to my kids in the summer now; no more injuries, thanks!

James Long
James Long
19:53 16 Apr 22
Just after one treatment my back has been so much better already, Matt is so professional and knowledgeable. I couldn't recommend more.
Carolyn Charles
Carolyn Charles
19:35 01 Apr 22
Have been to Wokingham Osteopaths for both Osteopath services as well as sports massage and can honestly say on every occasion i have left feeling more than 100% better… honestly the best.
Younice Wong
Younice Wong
10:51 02 Feb 22
I suffered immense neck, shoulder and upper arm pain in the first half of 2021. Working from home for a year then. Could not sleep for days, rolling around in agony and ended up on sick leave as I could not sit still to use mouse or even type. I was taking a cocktail of 12 painkillers, 3 times a day at one point...did not make any impact. Sleep deprived and started to impact mentally I reached out to Matt. He kindly took me on as an acute patient and assigned Alex to look after me. After 2 sessions I was able to get sleep again and pinched nerve in my neck started to ease back in place. I am grateful for the professional help I received, highly recommend the team.
Dan Blue
Dan Blue
12:44 04 Sep 21
I received treatment from Alex recently, who was very professional and friendly. I already feel so much better and he answered my many questions patiently. I've also seen the massage therapist Karen before who was also really good. Definitely 5 stars!
Hessan “Kingdomheartsvault101” zaman
Hessan “Kingdomheartsvault101” zaman
16:25 19 Jul 21
I have never been to an oestopath before but the guys here really helped me out. Great place that's not trying to milk you for money. My back has been better than ever!
jayne cox
jayne cox
22:02 26 Apr 21
I would have no hesitation in recommending this practice or using them again. My appointments were with Alex who was a pleasant and knowledgeable osteopath. You’re certainly in safe hands here
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“After a recurring lower back problem, a few sessions with Matt helped alleviate the pain, build strength and most importantly, restore some confidence in undertaking everyday tasks. His knowledge was excellent and he targeted the problem area quickly.” Paul, Wokingham

To book in with Matt for an Osteopathic treatment please call 0118 380 0385 or fill in the form on the Contact Us page