What is Osteopathy?

 Osteopathy is a modality of primary health care which is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions such as :

  • general aches and pains

  • headaches/ migraines arising from the neck 

  • neck pain*

  • shoulder and elbow pain

  • general, acute and chronic backache and back pain*

  • lumbago

  • joint pain 

  • arthritic pain including hip and knee pain related to osteoarthritis in association with other treatment 

  • sciatica

  • muscle spasms

  • sports injuries and tensions

  • changes in posture during pregnancy 

  • postural problems due to growth and development. 

(*  In cases of injury or accident it is advisable to seek advice from your GP in the first instance) 

 

Osteopathy works with the structure and the function of the body, with the core principle that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole which depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. If the structure of the body is compromised, the osteopath will work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of invasive drugs and surgery.

Osteopaths use various techniques to accomplish balance such as :

  • observation

  • ​listening to an extensive history

  • palpation (touch)

  • examination (passive & active)

  • physical manipulation

  • stretching 

  • massage

  • advice

 

This is with the intention to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and most importantly help encourge the body's own healing mechanisms. If necessary you will be provided with extensive advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health, autonomy and prevent symptoms from recurring.

“When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living”

 

- General Osteopathic Council

"I felt a difference.....immediately" 

When worked on by Rachel I felt a difference in my problem areas immediately. I would recommend having the treatments on a regular basis as this helps to maintain results 
- Miss S Southam 
 

How is Osteopathy Regulated?

In the UK all osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year providing them with a licence to practice. During the process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, of good character, continually good health and have achieved all obligatory continuing professional development requirements. 

The title 'osteopath' is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath in the UK, unless they are registered with the GOsC which sees and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety.