The ‘Douglas-Mort practice

We moved out of our Honiton offices in 2021where we are no longer working and are now working exclusively from our clinic in Axminster. Currently this website is in the process of being updated.

For more information about our Axminster clinic please phone 01297 639191 and leave a message giving your mobile number please and we will do our best get in touch. 

For the time being we apologise but are unable to make bookings for new patients.

Due to the number of vulnerable people we treat we are asking that patients work with us by following the protocols below.


As people are now mixing freely the danger of transmission increases especially with the new variants of covid plus flu and other infections widely circulating. We have a number of highly vulnerable patients and want to keep everyone safe so ask that you follow the following precautions please:-

1/ You must NOT attend if you test positive or have recently been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus

2/ You must NOT attend if you have a fever or new symptoms that have come on recently and might indicate a viral infection of any sort.(cold, tummy upsets, or recent hay fever symptoms can be early signs of infection with covid or flu)


4/ Please try to AVOID mixing indoors or crowded gatherings for 5 days prior to your appointment.

5/ OR If you are unable to avoid indoor mixing then please wear a mask whilst at your gathering, we will also accept a negative lateral flow test taken within the 12hrs  prior to your visit.

6/ All those attending the practice MUST wear either an FFP2 or KN95 standard mask as these cut the risk of transmission significantly. Cloth masks do not give adequate protection for face to face close contact consultations. We CANNOT admit anyone without an appropriate mask. (For patients unable to source an FFP2 or KN95 mask we have a limited supply available at cost price.)

7/ Unless the patient is a child only the patient may attend the practice, and only one parent may attend with an infant or child patient. Parents attending with a child MUST wear an FFP2 or KN95 grade face mask. Please Do NOT bring your child if any family or school contacts are unwell or have been so in the last 72 hours.

8/ We ask that you please remember to text the results of your lateral flow test, and confirm your health status prior to attending the practice. We cannot see you if we are not sent this information before your appointment..

If you have just arrived here by redirection from our old website at ‘’ we wish to inform you that we have retired as osteopaths. However we are utilising all of our 46 years of training and skill we have developed whilst osteopaths and are continuing to practice as wholistic health care practitioners. Or method of working, our practice ethos and high standards of patient treatment and care remain unchanged . Please
 go to our latest ‘NEWS UPDATE’ where we give more information on our new practice name, status, and the changes to our website.

Here at ‘ THE DOUGLAS-MORT PRACTICE’ we are the longest established practice in Devon and the West Country with specialists in a particularly gentle and useful approach derived from the studies of WG Sutherland, this is sometimes called the cranial approach or cranio-sacral therapy.

As Sutherland Practitioners who follow the work of WG Sutherland and his forbear AT Still, principals DAVID and ROWAN DOUGLAS-MORT each have over 46yrs of clinical experience in these skills, and currently lecture and tutor on post-graduate courses in colleges of osteopathy both in the the UK and in Europe.

Our special approach to treatment here at the Douglas-Mort Practice as Sutherland Cranial Practitioners is where we utilise the cranio-sacral approach. As we do NOT use any heavy or forceful manipulative techniques. We believe that this approach greatly enhances the safety, benefit, and the relaxing qualities of treatment for patients.
Our gentle approach is suitable for people of all ages and all stages of life, from tiny babies to senior citizens.

For those of you who appreciate our Sutherland Cranial Practitioner approach to patient care here at the Douglas-Mort practice occasionally we may be able to provide care for your companion animal subject to veterinary approval.

Stop Press. Please see important message below.  [A.S.A. regulations]

Currently due to unfortunate recent antagonism towards complementary medicine in some quarters, the Advertising Standards Authority [ASA] now requires that our website information only lists us as being able to help patients suffering from the complaints for which there is existing high level research or gold standard proof, [i.e double blind trials] that manual therapy is efficacious.

This poses a problem for cranio-sacral and wholistic therapies as double blind research trials usually require in the order of £800,000. and usually considerably more  to fund each individual trial, and the requirements of double blind trials are frequently unsuited technically and ethically to a ‘patient centred’ individually tailored approach. Another concern arises from the recent doubts voiced in the scientific world about the reproducibility, and hence ultimate strength of validity of ‘double blind’ trials within the field of drug therapy, medicine and biology.

Biological systems are sensitive, and human beings even more so; as an example, drug reactions and interactions between drugs can be very variable and not always predictable from one person to another. Placebo and other effects which confound research, are also recently becoming recognised as an inherent difficulty found even in double-blind trials… hands on treatment is essentially a ‘drug free’ therapy and does not rely on the use of prescription drugs in the treatment of patients. As Sutherland practitioners we work alongside other health professionals and other treatment modalities where necessary. Emphatically our focus is ALWAYS to support a very high quality of patient care.

[As a side note: All practitioners in this practice are fully compliant with state regulations, continuing professional development/updating, and carry full insurance for treating both people and animals.] Regarding funding for suitable research into manual therapies, this is a problem. As there is currently no government funding for such research, and sadly the drug companies would not be interested in funding research into drug free treatments, we currently have no outside financing for our research.This means that funding has of necessity to come from the professionals themselves, so costs have to be kept to reasonable levels.  

However, whilst we do not have ‘double blind’ research evidence regarding many conditions that our patients say that we have successfully helped them with, we as responsible practitioners are gathering a growing body of case studies, qualitative research studies, practice audits, testimonials, and affirmations that cranio-sacral approach to treatment has been highly beneficial in many other conditions that we may not mention here. Practitioners are doing their very best to progress responsibly with research despite an environment that is not helpful to these endeavours. 



The contents of this website is EMPHATICALLY NOT INTENDED TO CLAIM THAT WE ‘CURE’ ANY CONDITIONS WHATSOEVER Any patient observations, anecdotal and historical narratives are only included as an interesting history of wholistic therapies, and our experiences drawn from our 46 years in practice and teaching in this field. We are sharing a story, that is all.

Historically osteopathy and Sutherland’s cranial sacral approach which was derived from osteopathy, has been in existence as a treatment able to help many conditions and has been well respected for this by growing numbers of people since 1874. By the time physiotherapy came into being in 1895 the osteopathic colleges were already producing graduate osteopaths by the hundreds.   

Due to our endeavours to comply with ASA regulations we are very limited as to the information that we may provide via our website. If you have a query about SUTHERLANDS cranial sacral approach that we are unable to cover in these web pages, or need advice regarding a problem please phone us on 01297 639191 (leave your name and mobile phone number and we will do our best to help)