Osteopathy uses a range of manual techniques to affect the tissues of the body. It aims to assist the body’s own in-built healing processes to improve the health of the patient. Practice is refined in light of scientific research in the fields of anatomy, physiology and neurology.
Working hands-on to both investigate and treat the underlying causes of pain, osteopaths assess every patient individually. If appropriate a treatment programme is devised and many cases improvements are seen within three treatments.
Issues Treated by Osteopathy
Some of the conditions that patients often come to us with include:
- Back & neck pain
- Spinal Issues
- Joint problems & arthritic pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Postural problems (including pregnancy)
- Various childhood problems
Because the aim of Osteopaths is to help the body fix itself (see OSTEOPATHY) and so we treat the patient rather than the Complaint (see WHAT WE TREAT), Osteopathy has the potential to help in lots of situations even though Osteopaths are not treating the Condition itself. For example, some patients with Asthma (see WHAT WE TREAT – HELPING WITH ASTHMA), osteoarthritic pain (see WHAT WE TREAT – HELPING WITH MOBILITY), IBS and even depression (!) have found osteopathic treatment helpful. It is important to be clear that we are NOT treating the asthma, the osteoarthritis, the IBS or the depression: what we have been able to do for some patients is to help them cope with some of the secondary effects that are a knock-on effect of their condition (see WHAT WE TREAT). The aim is always to improve your health rather than just managing your symptoms (see OUR APPROACH).
The General Osteopathic Council
All Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The Council was established under the Osteopaths Act 1993, to regulate the profession. It regulates all recognised training courses and lays down the stringent standards required of all osteopaths in areas such as training, the profession’s code of conduct, professional proficiencies, continuing professional development (CPD) and professional indemnity insurance.
For further details concerning osteopathy, please contact:
General Osteopathic Council
176 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 3LU
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7357 6655
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7357 0011