Osteopathy is a holistic, hands-on treatment which helps to restore the natural and healthy function of your body. Osteopaths believe that your body works at its best when it is in good structural balance. Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why we feel it is so important to keep the body in balance.
Osteopathic treatment targets the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. We use gentle techniques including soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, amongst more indirect techniques depending on what is most appropriate. Your treatment will be tailored to your needs and wishes - each case is individual and your treatment will be unique to you.
We can treat your whole body, not just your back! Osteopathy can help with all sorts of problems that may be stopping you reaching your full potential:
- Back and neck pain
- Joint pains
- Shoulder and elbow pain including frozen shoulder and tennis elbow.
- Hip, knee and foot pain
- Sciatica and neuralgia
- Sports injuries and tensions
- Pregnancy-related problems
If you aren't sure if treatment is right for you, please get in touch and I can answer any questions.
Medical Acupuncture is the Western form of the traditional Chinese acupuncture, and is used mainly by doctors and physical therapists. It is an effective method of relieving musculoskeletal pain and can be used alongside osteopathic techniques. It involves the use of very fine needles to stimulate nerves in skin and muscle, which is understood to encourage the body's release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin. The needles are usually in place for just a matter of moments and most people find that treatment is a comfortable experience.
Whether we use medical acupuncture in your treatment depends on your personal preference and whether it is appropriate for your problem.
Osteopathy and regulation
Osteopaths train for four to five years to gain their degree. The course has an emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine, which alongside the study of pathology, neurology and pharmacology gives a strong academic background in healthcare. Osteopaths must also have completed 1000 hours of practical clinical training before graduating.
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. The British Medical Association's guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.