What is Osteopathy?
To an Osteopath, for a body to work well its structure must work well too. It is based on the principal that the good health of the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue are crucial to a person’s well being.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions including back pain, neck pain and arthritis. It is used to increase mobility, to relieve muscular tension, to enhance blood and nerve supply to tissues and aims to help the body help itself.
To make a diagnosis Osteopaths spend time asking about your symptoms and related questions and they use their hands to identify where the symptoms may be coming from. They will decide if Osteopathy is the most appropriate treatment for you. If Osteopathy is not the right treatment for you they will refer you to the appropriate person.
Osteopathic treatment involves non-invasive manual techniques. It is tailored to the patient and so its suitable for any age, as each patient is different so is each treatment. The treatments range from being very gentle (more suitable for patients in their senior years) involving gentle massage and stretching, to firm using deep tissue massage, muscle energy work (stretching), mobilisations (moving the joints) and manipulation. Depending on the age, fitness and diagnosis of a patient, the treatment can be done sitting or lying down.
(I understand that some patients are concerned about the clicking or manipulation side of Osteopathy that can occur during treatment, I am happy to use other forms of treatment if this is a concern).
Advice on Posture and exercises are also given.
Facts about Osteopathy
- Osteopaths in the UK must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) in order to practise. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an Osteopath unless they are registered. The GOsC has a list of all registered osteopaths on their website.
- Osteopaths have undergone an extensive 4 or 5 years degree course
- We consider all aspects of a person’s health, not just their symptoms.
- It is a safe non-forceful physical therapy, without the use of drugs or surgery.
- Osteopathy was discovered in the second half of the 19th century by a doctor named Dr Andrew Taylor Still. He believed that there was a direct link between the body’s musculo-skeletal system and good health.
- To find an Osteopath in your area or to check that they are Registered go to the General Osteopathic Council Website or the British Osteopathic Association
- The word Osteopathy comes from the Greek word osteo (bone) and pathy (incoming effects from)
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