•  Gentle Shoulder Mobilisation

    Gentle Shoulder Mobilisation

  •  Low Back Pain treatment

    Low Back Pain treatment

  •  Releasing Muscle Tension

    Releasing Muscle Tension

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a 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 skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

Our 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. We also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Osteopaths use gentle mobilisation, stretching and massage with the aim of:

• increasing the mobility of joints
• relieving muscle tension
• enhancing the blood supply to tissues
• helping the body to heal

In the UK, osteopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) and is different from conventional western medicine.

Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints, such as:

• lower back pain
• neck pain
• shoulder pain
• arthritis
• problems with the pelvis, hips and legs
• sports injuries
• problems with posture caused by driving, work or pregnancy

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends manual therapy alongside exercise as a treatment option for lower back pain, with or without sciatica.

Regulation of osteopathy

Like GPs and nurses, osteopaths are regulated. Because of this, patients can be confident that all our osteopaths are well qualified and insured, will adhere to a set of clinical standards that protect patients’ safety and dignity and, like any other health professional, recommend and apply the most appropriate course of treatment for you – which includes referring you on if appropriate.

Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law to call yourself an osteopath unless you are qualified and registered with the GOsC. The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four or five year degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice.

Many osteopaths also study for masters degrees. Our osteopaths must then continue to update and expand their knowledge by logging a minimum of 30 hours per year of continuing professional development. GOsC can remove an osteopath from the register if they fail to maintain a strict code of professional practice.

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 those mandatory continuing professional development requirements.

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