Appointments: 01436 672389

81 East Clyde Street, Helensburgh G84 7PF

81 East Clyde Street, Helensburgh G84 7PF

81 East Clyde Street, Helensburgh G84 7PF81 East Clyde Street, Helensburgh G84 7PF
Natural Therapy Centre

Clinic Hours

Mondays-Fridays- 9am-12 Noon

Tuesdays- 4pm-7:30pm

Please note: Home visits can be arranged by agreement for patients living in Helensburgh, Cardross, Dumbarton or the Vale of Leven

About Us

Donald Scott ND DO

Donald Scott trained in Osteopathy in London, graduating in 1981 and going into practice initially in Hampshire and also Dorset.  In addition to practising in the South Coast of England, he has practised in both Palma de Mallorca and Mahon in the Balearic Isles, Palermo in Sicily and now Scotland, where he lives with his family.

He has achieved post graduate qualifications in Educational Technology at Jordanhill College, Glasgow and Psychosocial Studies, centred on CBT, at the West of Scotland University.

He and his wife, Julia currently run patient centred osteopathic practices in two centres in the West of Scotland.  These attract patients within the Central belt, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and further afield.


Julia Scott BSc ND DO

Julia Scott qualified at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993.  She has been running the  Natural Therapy Centre in Helensburgh with her husband, Donald, for 24 years.  She is fully Registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Julia currently works from their additional location, Wardhouse Therapy Centre, in Kilbarchan. Julia also completed postgraduate training in Equine/Animal Osteopathy 8 years ago and travels mainly in the West of Scotland and Central belt treating horses.

Initial appoint

What to Expect

During your initial consultation we will cover three important areas:

Firstly, we will cover the patient's case history to establish what are the key issues we need to address. Many patient's present with one particular problem, often relating to pain, which can be either acute or chronic in nature.

Secondly, we will conduct an examination of the musculoskeletal system that relates to the presenting symptoms. In addition we will also examine related areas within the body that may be affected by the main presenting complaint.

Thirdly, and having completed the physical examination, we will advise on the osteopathic diagnosis and evidence based treatment. We will attempt to begin treatment after we have explained to the patient our diagnosis and suggested treatment. We will also advise if we require further tests from the patient's GP to clarify the diagnosis.

Please note that osteopathic practitioners cannot advise on medication as that is the responsibility of the patient's GP or pharmacist.

Details of the Examination

Osteopaths use a functional assessment approach when conducting a physical examination. We are interested in the way muscles and other soft tissues move and relate to the rest of the musculoskeletal system. We are also interested in evaluating how muscles and soft tissues feel and react to normal and abnormal pressure. For example, when examining the knee, we also assess the way the hip, lower spine and ankle move in relation to the knee joint. In addition, we look at the other limb and how it moves as well. 

All parts of the human musculoskeletal system work and relate to one another. If one area fails to work properly, it may have a bearing on other tissues elsewhere. In other words, osteopaths use a holistic approach towards patients.

Therapies Available



Osteopathy is a form of medicine that focuses on all aspects of the musculoskeletal system and its relation to the visceral and neurological systems.  It involves manipulation and mobilisation of  joints, muscles and connective tissue to maximise function and wellbeing.



Naturopathy is a system of healthcare concerned with the study of treatments aimed at encouraging the body's ability for self repair.  There are a large number of naturopathic methods used to improve health naturally.  These include osteopathy, acupuncture, nutritional medicine, massage, psychotherapy and herbal medicine.


Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy, now often referred to as Photobiomodulation, works therapeutically at a cellular level.  It uses highly specific wavelengths that decrease pain, accelerate healing and increase energy production.


Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

PEMF is used to help activate and regenerate cells.  Cells that are injured or in need of repair have a reduced charge.  PEMF helps by inducing electrical changes around and within these cells and accelerate healing.



There are two forms of acupuncture practiced in the UK.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture uses a method based on ancient diagnosis and treatment of meridians which are understood to be imbalanced.

Western acupuncture is used mainly for pain relief and the production of the bodies own painkilling hormones.


Equine/Animal Osteopathy

Equine/Animal Osteopathy is an adaptation of Human Osteopathy to the animal anatomy and function.  It involves full assessment of mobility, movement, pain and injury  and treats accordingly.

Contact Us

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Natural Therapy Centre

81 East Clyde Street


G84 7PF

01436 672389

81 East Clyde Street Helensburgh, G84 7PG, United Kingdom

Wardhouse Therapy Centre

Wardhouse Equestrian Centre

Forehouse Road 


PA10 2PU