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Osteopathy

What is osteopathy?
 

Osteopathy is a healthcare profession in which manual therapy is used to help manage musculoskeletal problems. The presenting complaint is seen within the context of the whole body, with consideration of how posture or problems in other areas may be contributing to the problem. Osteopathy was originally developed in the United States during the nineteenth century as an alternative to orthodox medicine.  Today osteopaths undergo four years fulltime training in musculoskeletal practice. 

 
What does osteopathic treatment involve?

Different osteopaths practice in different ways. My emphasis is on providing high quality bodywork with a focus on massage, joint mobilisation and cranial techniques.

 
What conditions can osteopathy help?

Osteopathy may offer relief from a range of musculoskeletal problems, including neck and back pain, sciatica and other ‘trapped nerves’, joint pain, arthritis and headaches. 

Is osteopathy safe?
 

Safety is always the first priority and all the techniques I use are absolutely safe. I do not use neck manipulation, which is thought to be occasionally associated with stroke. A thorough case history is taken before treatment to determine whether osteopathy is appropriate for the client.

  

Is osteopathy a regulated profession?
 

‘Osteopath’ is a protected title which means that osteopaths are legally required in the United Kingdom to maintain registration with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The GOsC ensure their registrants are professionally accountable, fit to practice and stay up to date with developments in their field.

 

 
Will I be given exercises and lifestyle advice?

Self-management can be very important and every client receives tailored lifestyle advice that build on the work begun during the treatment. A thorough case history is taken with a view to achieving an understanding of root causes of the problem. This will often lead to the identification of practical ways in which the client can help themselves. For any musculoskeletal issue, exercises will be given.