What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of healthcare based on the principle that your health is dependent on the good functioning and balance within the tissues of your body. When your body is in good balance, it can respond to and recover from illness, but when it is subjected to undue stresses and strains (both physical and emotional) these may prevent it from recovering as effectively.
The role of an osteopath is to identify any factors in the physical body that are preventing its healing, and address them, so it can return to a state of health. The body is a unit – a problem in one area may have knock-on effects in other areas. For example, a problem with the ankle may require the knee to adapt, and in turn, the hip and low back as well. By treating the primary problem (i.e. the ankle), as well as the secondary symptoms at the knee, hip and low back, we aim to treat the cause, as well as your symptoms.
What does Osteopathy involve?
Osteopaths use hands-on treatments to stretch out muscles and tendons and free stuck joints as well as gentle balancing (including cranial osteopathy) in order to improve the function of your body and return you to an improved state of pain-free health. As each person is different, a treatment plan will be tailored to your individual needs and requirements.
What can it help with?
Some of the complaints that patients commonly come to us with include:
- General, acute and chronic back pain
- Generalised aches and pains
- Joint Pain and Arthritic Pain
- Mechanical Neck Pain and Headaches originating from the Neck
- Work-related Injury and Postural Strains
- Inability to relax
- Minor Sports Injuries
However, as osteopaths treat the person and not the complaint, it can be used to help alleviate symptoms from a wide range of health conditions.
Is Osteopathy Suitable for Me?
Osteopathy is safe for patients of all ages from new-born babies, toddlers and children, their parents to their grandparents. It is suitable for people of all levels of physical fitness including office workers, manual workers, pregnant women and the sporty and non-sporty adult. As each patient is individual, we treat you depending on your specific case and needs. Not sure if osteopathy is right for you? Call us now on 0191 252 1555 to speak to one of our experienced team.
How much will it cost?
A typical first appointment takes between 30 minutes and one hour, at a fee of £60; this includes your assessment, diagnosis and first treatment. Follow up appointments are 30 minutes long and are charged at £50. Fees and appointment lengths may vary depending on which osteopath you see and your age. Call us on 0191 252 1555 to find out more.
Where can I find more information?
Osteopathy is a government-regulated profession in the UK. The General Osteopathic Council is responsible for maintaining standards within the profession, including undergraduate training, continuing professional development, the osteopathic code of conduct and professional indemnity insurance. It is illegal to practice as an osteopath in the UK without being registered with the General Osteopathic Council.