Causes of Chest Pain – How your Osteopath Can Help

Laura Tilson Osteopathy

costochondral_junctionsWhilst one of the more common causes of musculoskeletal chest pain is due to referral from the mid back (thoracic spine), pain can also be due to injury of the rib joints at the front of the chest, muscle strain, shoulder injuries and collar bone injuries (at the sterno-clavicular joint).

Inflammation can occur at the joints between the sternum and ribs, which will cause activity related pain and tenderness over the area. The condition is sometimes referred to as Tietze’s syndrome. Your Osteopath will be able to carefully assess the area and decide on the appropriate course of action to take. If appropriate this will usually include a combination of treatment, advice and rehabilitation exercises.

Chest pain can indicate a serious underlying medical condition. Please always consult a medical professional if you have any concerns.

Laura Tilson  BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO

Laura Tilson is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council and an experienced, established practitioner in London.

She graduated with a Masters Degree from The British School of Osteopathy and then completed training in Paediatric Osteopathy with The Foundation of Paediatric Osteopathy; The Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC).

Laura worked at the OCC’s busy children’s clinic for two years. She has worked in the neonatal intensive care wards in three London hospitals. 

She is currently completing a two year diploma at the Molinari Institute in Women’s Health Osteopathy and training in their clinic treating women with a broad range of Gynaecological Conditions.

She provides appointments for adults, children and babies in clinics, and also offers home visits for babies.

She uses a variety of osteopathic techniques including cranial osteopathy and structural techniques. She is experienced in treating a variety of women’s health and pre- and post-natal conditions. 

As an undergraduate her research for her dissertation was awarded one of the top grades and she presented her findings at the Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Conference in 2010. Laura Tilson is a Member of the Institute of Osteopathy and an Alumni Member of the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy. She has completed post-graduate courses at the Molinari Institute of Health in Women’s Health,The Sutherland Cranial College, in Safeguarding Children and pre-natal and post-natal courses with Miranda Clayton.

Appointment Times (Fresh Ground) : Tuesdays 10-5pm and Friday 10-5pm.


I came to see Laura with shoulder pain and a swollen wrist which I had had problems with for 7 years. I have been so much better, even after just one treatment.

– C. Mitchell

I could not recommend Laura highly enough. My treatment for low back pain was excellent; she was thorough and professional and I have not had any problems with my back since. I would not hesitate on seeing her again in the future.

– L. Harrison


For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email

Please Note: This post was written on 1 Aug 2020 please contact us to make sure you have the most up to date advice.