Charles Tisdall

Founder of Dacrelands Clinic
Manipulative Therapist | Acupuncturist | Cranio-Sacral Therapist Bowen Practitioner

My practice and approach

Charles studied at the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, Kent (1984 to 1988) before setting up Dacrelands Osteopathic and Natural Medicine Clinic in Lancaster. 


Charles has 35 years of experience in treating all types of pain, stiffness, and dysfunction, everywhere on the body. Most problems result from posture, illness, accidents, and stress but in short, he treats people coping with their everyday challenges.  He enjoys working with mothers and young babies as well as the more elderly and the general hard-working population.


Depending on the wishes and needs of the patient he likes to use a combination of articulation, manipulation, Acupuncture, and massage.


In April 2022 (after 35 years) Charles resigned from the General Osteopathic Council feeling that they had evolved away from the central tenets of Osteopathic thinking. However, he continues to enjoy practicing by adopting the same style and techniques which he has always associated with more traditional teachings


He describes himself as a “Classical Manipulative Therapist and Acupuncturist,” and continues to work as Clinical Director alongside twelve colleagues as part of an integrative team.


Charles is also a qualified Cranio-Sacral and Bowen Therapist, which are very gentle treatments, and patients are encouraged to express their thoughts on the styles which they prefer.

Qualifications and experience

Charles has a Diploma in Osteopathy from the ESO (European School of Osteopathy. 1988) is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and is insured with Balens as an Acupuncturist and Manipulative Therapist.


Charles also has a Higher degree from Exeter University in the Philosophy of Education and a Teaching Certificate from Loughborough Colleges where he studied Physical Education and English.


He has experience of running courses in Anatomy and Cranio- Sacral Therapy and has developed, “The 8 principles of Health,” which will be published as a booklet guide for people wanting to take responsibility for their own health

What I aim to achieve in my practice

To allow patients to feel that:

  • Their presentation has been heard, understood, and acknowledged.
  • Different styles of treatment may be discussed.
  • The patients’ feelings and thoughts are an important part of a, “Shared management” approach.
  • The process can be stopped or changed at any time. 
  • Where appropriate, other referral pathways may be discussed.
  • Support and advice are always readily available by phone or email
Charles Tisdall
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