What is Osteopathy?
An Osteopath uses their clinical knowledge together with their highly skilled sense of touch, known as palpation, to diagnose and treat people.
Osteopathy is regulated and recognised by NHS England as one of the 14 allied health professions. It is a health care system that lays emphasis on all structural and functional elements of the body. The bones, muscles and joints are collectively known as the musculo-skeletal system.
An osteopath’s primary role is to support this system at an optimal and pain-free level, maintaining the overall health and wellbeing of the client.
Practitioners use clinical knowledge alongside a highly skilled sense of touch to diagnose and treat people. Osteopathy considers the body as a whole unit, working to enable self-healing through a gentle, manual and hands-on technique.
All osteopaths practising in the UK have undergone rigorous clinical training over 4 to 5 years; this includes anatomy, physiology and pathology to a very high standard.
Who can benefit from Osteopathy?
Our modern way of living can often result in neck, shoulder and back pain, or even headaches.
Osteopathy can benefit everyone. People of all ages, from all walks of life and in various states of health can gain relief and recovery. Using a holistic and person-centred approach an osteopathic treatment can support people through key changes in life, whether they bring emotional or physical challenge.
- Our fast paced life can encourage poor posture and repetitive activities that result in stiffness and tension. Osteopathy offers a holistic and gentle way to reset the body and enable optimum health.
What to expect
Osteopaths use a range of techniques and approaches with the aim of optimising a person’s ability to express health.
The first appointment with an osteopath involves taking a thorough medical history followed by a physical examination, then a treatment, lasting around one hour. The osteopath will make a diagnosis, discuss a treatment plan and explore issues of health, lifestyle and diet where appropriate.
During treatment the clinician may use gentle massage and joint movement to relieve a range of health issues that cause stiffness, pain and tension. In cranial osteopathy the tissues are gently encouraged to ease and release their own strain patterns. This subtle technique is particularly suitable for babies and children or when treating the neck, head and face.