What is osteopathy:
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.
Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.
Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions. 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 skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage 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. Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently.
Is osteopathy safe?
Osteopaths have rigorous clinical training in musculoskeletal disorders. Most courses involve
four years full-time study. As part of their training, osteopaths gain primary care skills including triaging for pathology, and will refer back to GPs if further investigations are indicated. Osteopathy is a statutory registered profession, with approximately 4,600 registered osteopaths in the UK. The British Medical Association has produced guidance for GPs confirming that it is safe for GPs to refer to registered osteopaths as they are statutorily regulated and fully accountable to the patient.
All osteopaths, wherever they work in the UK, must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), who regulate the practice of osteopathy in the UK. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC. Are there clinical guidelines for referring a patient to an osteopath? Yes. Guidelines for the referral of patients to an osteopath were published by the British Medical Association 2009 ‘Referrals to complementary therapists regulated by statute’ . This guidance confirms that GPs can refer patients to osteopaths as statutorily regulated health professionals. http://www.pquadros.com/Referral%20to%20CAM%20-%20GP%20Guidance%20(BMA).pdf
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.
Specialisation : OsteopathyInitial consultation : £60Follow-up consultation : £50