About Osteopathy:

Osteopathy has been a recognised effective treatment for a wide range of painful disorders which include:

• Low back pain
• Minor sports injuries
• Leg pain and sciatica
• Neck pain and shoulder problems
• Arthritic conditions
• Muscular strains
• Postural problems
• Headaches arising from the neck area
• Pregnancy related back pain
• Cranial osteopathy for babies
• Hip, knee and ankle pain
• Joint pain and muscular problems

Osteopathy is tailored to you.  It is interactive and changeable but most importantly it is completely focused on you, the individual patient, unlike one size fits all tablets or creams and potions.  An Osteopath is like a detective using your report of pain, examination of your body, signs and symptoms, extensive training and experience to get to the bottom of your problem.  As mentioned it is completely interactive you are encouraged to ask questions and help your osteopath treat you by reporting accurately about your ongoing treatment experience, your pain level your mobility and any other observation you make in relation to the problem helping the osteopath laser focus on the problem and further tailor your treatment to you.  This results in effective safe treatment which avoids in many cases the need for injections, painkillers or surgery in the long term.  Leaving these more extreme treatments for the more serious cases.  All osteopaths aim to avoid invasive treatment for their patients but are trained to refer in cases which are beyond our help.

Safety and Skill:

To qualify as an osteopath a student must study for a minimum of four to Six years for an osteopathic degree.  This is a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine than your general practioner learns at medical school.  An osteopathic student must complete more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic treatment supervised by registered osteopathic tutors in the RQ status universities.  By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).  It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.  Every osteopath must complete continuing professional development which is a permanent on going osteopathic education through out their career.  The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths. The NICE guidelines to General Practioners are that referral to an osteopath for a musculoskeletal condition is preferable.