Osteopathy

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Osteopathy training is similar to a medical degree but with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. It usually takes around 4 -5 years of study and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call him or herself an osteopath if they are not registered.

Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year in order to retain their licence to practice. As part of this process it is mandatory for osteopaths to complete a number of hours of continuing professional development (CPD), or continued learning each year. The GOsC also ensure that all osteopaths hold current professional indemnity insurance, and remain in good health and of good character. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.

Osteopathy

Fully qualified and registered

We can help

Osteopathy training is similar to a medical degree but with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. It usually takes around 4 -5 years of study and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call him or herself an osteopath if they are not registered.

Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year in order to retain their licence to practice. As part of this process it is mandatory for osteopaths to complete a number of hours of continuing professional development (CPD), or continued learning each year. The GOsC also ensure that all osteopaths hold current professional indemnity insurance, and remain in good health and of good character. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopath’s use hands on treatment, postural and exercise advice and personalised rehabilitation programmes to help relieve your symptoms and get you back on the road to recovery.

Our main aim is always to eliminate your pain in the shortest time possible, but we also want to keep it that way. To successfully achieve this, we take a detailed case history helping us to understand the underlying cause of your symptoms and the circumstances which lead to them occurring in the first place. In many cases this will be very simple, such as in the event of a trauma i.e. a fall or collision, but what about when you symptoms have just developed from nowhere.. Why have you only just began to experience these symptoms? Why were they not there before? And why has it not resolved like any other typical injury? These are the exact questions that we ask ourselves at The Osteo Practice. We take into consideration the impact of external factors such as lifestyle, occupation and hobbies, we assess related structures in the body to determine their potential impact, and finally, we take into account any broader medical conditions that me be contributing to your symptoms.

Once we’re confident with our diagnosis and any associated causes, we are able to tailor our treatment and management to suit your specific needs.

Our Osteopathic treatment may include:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Joint manipulation
  • Joint articulation
  • Prescribe rehabilitation programmes to suit your specific requirements and lifestyle
  • posture and gait correction
  • lymphatic drainage

Browse our services for additional treatment approaches.

Is Osteopathy right for me?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. The main focus of treatment is on the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, ligaments etc) however by working with these we are able to use osteopathy to indirectly treat and resolve other areas which may be affected, such as nerve pain, headaches, IBS etc. please see our conditions we treat page for more info.

We understand that pain can be complex. To determine whether osteopathy is right for you we may wish carry out examinations to asses other systems such as:

  • Neurological
  • Cardio-vascular
  • Cranial Nerve
  • Abdominal/visceral
  • Respiratory
  • Lymphatic

These tests allow us to direct you to the most appropriate form of healthcare for your complaint, in such cases we may ask your permission to discuss our findings with your GP.