What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the integration of all the working parts.
Osteopaths use gentle physical manipulation, stretching and various effective techniques to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.
We also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
What can we treat
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and athletes. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
Ailments that we can help to treat include:
• Generalised aches and pains
• Joint pains including those associated with osteoarthritis
• Back pain (chronic & acute)
• Mechanical neck pain
• Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
• Shoulder conditions
• Disc Injuries including Sciatica
• Muscle spasms and cramp
• Plantar fasciitis
• Sports rehabilitation
• Sports injuries
What to Expect
A typical consultation will include:
– A full case history – Details of the pain complaint and general medical history will be taken.
– Observation of posture and movements
– Clinical testing of muscles, joints and nerves
– A full explanation of findings
– Treatment & Recommendations (as appropriate)
The treatments that an Osteopath might use would commonly include:
• Mobilisation and manipulation of joints
• Soft tissue techniques
• Dry Needling
• Exercise prescription for the prevention and rehabilitation of injury and chronic pain
• Taping to stabilise or protect joints if required
• Assessment and treatment of postural, pelvic and spinal alignment
NOTE: You may be asked to remove enough clothing for the therapist to conduct a thorough assessment and treatment. Gowns and shorts are provided at the clinic but feel free to bring your own sports wear if you prefer. Patients are welcome to bring a chaperone to any treatment.
Patients are advised to bring with them any results of recent or relevant medical tests such as diagnostic imaging (X-Ray, MRI etc.), blood tests and a list of current medication.
Regulation of osteopathy
Regulation of Osteopathy
Our Osteopaths are trained and registered in the UK and are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Practitioners complete
Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year and are provided with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.