Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare
What to Expect?
Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare (recognised by the NHS as an Allied Health Profession), based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions. Osteopathy 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 skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. As a new patient your session will take up to one hour and will involve an initial discussion about your symptoms, a full assessment and of course treatment. You’ll also be given advice and a home exercise plan if required. Follow-up sessions take around 40 minutes and will be mainly focused on treatment, making adjustments to your management plan where necessary.
Treatment generally consists of gentle muscle release techniques, stretching, and joint mobilisation and manipulation (with your consent) where appropriate. The number of treatments needed depends on the condition and the individual, but you’ll never be asked or expected to book a minimum number of treatments.
All information gathered during your initial consultation, subsequent treatments and on-going management is completely confidential. Occasionally it might be necessary to consult your GP or another specialist of some kind but this will only ever be done with your consent.
Osteopathy can help improve:
- Arthritic pain
- Backache, back pain & lumbago
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
- Frozen shoulder
- Foot & ankle pain
- General aches & pains
- Headache arising from neck
- Hip & knee osteoarthritis painInability to relax
- Mechanical neck pain
- Migraine prevention
- Joint pain
- Minor sports injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Nerve pain
- Rheumatic pain
- Shoulder & elbow pain
- Tennis & golfers elbow
If your pain, symptoms or concerns don’t fall into a certain ‘category’ or are not listed here, don’t be disheartened; get in touch to discuss how osteopathy can help you before committing to an appointment.
Where can I get more information about osteopathy?
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
The GOsC was established by the Osteopaths Act 1993 to “provide for the regulation of the profession of osteopathy”. It sets and maintains standards of osteopathic practice and conduct; maintains a Register of qualified professionals; assures the quality of osteopathic education and training; helps patients with complaints about an osteopath; and removes anyone who is found unfit to practise from the Register. The website is an extremely useful source of information on all aspects of the profession.
Institute of Osteopathy
The iO is the professional body which represents osteopaths in the UK. It was formed in 1988 from the merger of three long-established professional bodies which represented osteopaths. Its website is a good source of information for patients considering treatment by an osteopath and has an extremely useful and easy to use series of videos on exercises for a healthy spine. The site also has a database of osteopaths which can be searched by name of osteopath, name of clinic, name of town or postcode.