What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established primary healthcare system of diagnosis and hands on therapy for a wide range of conditions. Osteopathic treatment is suitable for all ages from newborn babies to the elderly.
Osteopaths work to restore the musculoskeletal system of the body and the interrelationship of the body’s structures to a state of balance, providing pain relief and better health and vitality.
Osteopathy uses many diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical diagnosis. Its main strength however lies in the unique way the patient is assessed and treated through considering the mechanical, functional, postural and lifestyle aspects of the patient.
The natural hands on treatment will consist of structural and cranial approaches such as soft tissue techniques including gentle stretching and massage, manipulation and mobilisation to correct joint and tissue imbalances.
Cranial osteopathy may also be used and is a safe and effective treatment for all ages, but is particularly useful in the treatment of babies (from newborn) and older children. Specific gentle pressure is applied wherever necessary (not only on the head) to enable the inherent healing ability of the body to effect the release of stresses.
Osteopathic treatment is individually tailored to the patient, treating the person – not just the disorder, helping to promote long term health.
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an Osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety.