Melinda Cotton, Practice Principal

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Melinda Cotton

Registered Osteopath DO MICO

Melinda Cotton DO MICO is Practice Principal at Fulham Osteopaths, specialising in the care of expectant mothers, babies, and children.
Once described as “The Osteopathic Sherlock Holmes” Melinda is one of the most experienced osteopaths in the country. Her inquisitive mind and extensive experience help her to resolve issues that other professionals have been unable to treat.
She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council. On graduation from the British School of Osteopathy in 1989, she continued her studies with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, and also at the Institute of Classical Osteopathy.
From 1991- 1997 she was a member of the teaching faculty at the British School of Osteopathy.
She founded Fulham Osteopaths in 1989, where she is now Practice Principal, Osteopath and mentor to her colleagues.
Melinda brings a wealth of experience and insight to her consultations, which is invaluable when working with patients with tricky and complex cases. Her approach is gentle, drawing on all osteopathic approaches including cranial and classical osteopathy, in a way that is in tune with each individual’s needs.

At Fulham Osteopaths she offers two services:

• Mother and baby care and family service (click to read more)
• Second opinion service for complex adult cases (click to read more)

Many of the adults referred to her have been suffered with a particular problem for a long time, and wonder whether osteopathy, or her particular approach, may be able help them move forwards.
Melinda deeply understands why a problem exists and what is blocking a persons own self healing. She firmly believes that there are no hopeless cases, and that there is always room for improvement. Thoughtful osteopathic care, combined with good sound advice and education are the hallmarks of her approach.
Because of the high demand for her services, Melinda is only able to take on a limited number of new patients each year. To be added to the waiting list and to be the first in line to have access to her unparalleled skills, please contact us on 020 7384 1851 to enquire as to the first available appointment.

Link to fees for Melinda
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Melinda occasionally publishes useful guides for mother and baby for the NCT and magazines. They are comprehensive and down to earth advice for normal parents.


Category; Osteopathy and Natural Therapies



"I'm a mum and a pediatric occupational therapist. So when it came to looking for a cranial osteopath for my son, I knew we'd be in good hands at Fulham Osteopaths. On a professional level, I had first-hand seen positive results and progress in children I have treated whom were also seen by their osteopaths. On a personal level, as soon as we enter the door, we feel so welcome by Kat, the practice manager who collects lots of smiles from my little one. It's such a warm and friendly environment. My son has made huge progress under the care of Mindi and Vanisha, thanks to their background in both classical and cranial osteopathy. It's wonderful that they also collaborate with other professionals offering us a holistic team approach. Since being treated by them, my son's body is more relaxed, he feeds better, his digestion and health has improved significantly, and he is happier and more comfortable. I feel I have an extended support team which is so comforting as a first-time mum and after both a difficult pregnancy and traumatic birth. I wholeheartedly recommend Fulham Osteopaths and am so grateful for all they've done for us."




Osteopathy Treatment with Melinda

Date published: 01/01/2013


5 / 5 stars



Category; Osteopathy and Natural Therapies



"Dear Melinda,
Now that I am home in New York, I wish to again thank you for the relief you brought to my aching body during my recent six week stay in London.  I marvel at how your Osteopathic techniques, gentle though they are, delivered such desired rejuvenating results for me; what you cheerfully characterize as "age-proofing" one's body.  
   I had come to you seeking relief from the myriad of muscular skeletal pain I was experiencing from my shoulders to my feet, and was fortunate to have had family members recommend Fulham Osteopaths for treatment. I say without reservation, that the outcome of your treatments were most favorable.  

As a long time regular Chiropractic patient, I was amazed, no, make that thrilled, to have experienced first hand how beneficial your soothing techniques worked to relieve my pain. Several of my issues were the result of injuries I had sustained in a fall while in London, while other discomfort (including that from a partially paralyzed leg) is chronic and due in large part to my past sports heroics which include thirty years of martial arts training and having played other contact sports competitively. You also were keen to observe and correct the awkward gait I had developed over many years of my improperly planting the foot on my good leg while walking.

Fascinating and educational, too, was to hear you explain exactly what you were doing, and what the intended desired result would be of each technique as you applied it. You were not only able to stimulate sensation in my partially paralyzed leg, but throughout my course of treatments with you, you realigned my entire body. I now eagerly look forward to receiving additional Osteopathic maintenance tune-ups from you on my next trip to London in April.

You successfully treated this seventy-three year old formerly “Humpty-Dumpty” body, that of my wife, and those of our grandsons ages eleven and five, and their parents.

Be well, and may you and your associates at Fulham Osteopaths continue to cheerfully “age-proof” your patients."




Osteopathy Treatment with Melinda

Date published: 01/01/2016


5 / 5 stars

Cranial Osteopathy for Babies is currently in fashion, but be reassured that Melinda and her team have been caring for mother and baby for many years. Click here for more details about cranial osteopathy for babies
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Genuine Testimonials

Category; Osteopathy and Natural Therapies

"Thank you very much for the time you spent with me yesterday and the MOT and treatment you so generously gave. I still feel fantastic, freer, lighter, less stiffness, no tightness, more movement, just amazing! Thank you very much!"

Osteopathy treatment with Melinda
Date published: 30/07/2014
5 / 5 stars
Category; Osteopathy and Natural Therapies

"A truly wonderful and professional outfit. Fulham osteopaths came highly recommended by another health professional and I am extremely grateful. For the first time in ages I am pain free and able to walk straighter and more easily. Melinda's very gentle yet effective approach means that I continue to see improvement in my posture and quality of life and feel a totally different person - thank you!!"

Osteopathy treatment with Melinda
Date published: 4/08/2014
5 / 5 stars
Category; Osteopathy and Natural Therapies

"Melinda Cotton @ Fulham Osteopaths is a first choice resource for back and posture issues. Melinda is a credible practitioner is not only thorough but effective, especially for anyone who really puts their back into their work - writers, psychotherapists, executives, trainers, teachers, etc."

Osteopathy treatment with Melinda
5 / 5 stars
Category; Osteopathy and Natural Therapies

"Dear Melinda, Thanks very much for the mail. It has been a fairly soft landing so far in the Congo, food is good (I suppose I have not yet had the same food for seven weeks though!!), and though hours are long, it seems manageable. Downside may be working on Saturdays but there is not too much else to do so it is alright.  Yesterday morning I went for a small run and then some boxing in the gym with some other chaps from the site. So I must thank you for all the help over the past couple months to enable me to get to this state. When I came to see you for the first time a couple months ago, I had seen two doctors, had an MRI and the threat of cortisone, and seen four physiotherapists including two sports physiotherapists and one “alternative” physio. I should have been on the right track by then but after four years I still had symptomatic Achilles tendonosis. It had only been after seeing you for the first few sessions that I seemed to have any relief, and a few weeks later I was riding to work five times a week and later doing some mileage again on the weekend. Yours is an approach of investigation and using your understanding of the body to identify the cause of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms, and that makes all the difference. I think it is a really innovative approach to understand the entire functioning of the body rather than trying to treat only the symptoms of the problem, since, as in my case, the painful part was only a small part of a bigger dysfunction. I appreciate all the effort you have put into thinking about the problem, rather than regurgitating some non-specific study. Also the additional effort to find new strengthening exercises to help me improve. Yours is a truly unique approach amongst all the specialists I have seen, and the only one that worked. It has been fantastic to return to a normal active lifestyle. And I can only thank you for it. My thanks again. I will be in for a check-up  next time I am in London!"

Osteopathy Treatment with Melinda
Date published: 12/07/2011
5 / 5 stars