photos-osteo1Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment that focuses on the structural integrity of the muscles, ligaments and joints the comprise the body. Osteopaths are trained in the use many diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment, along side an individualistic approach creating a treatment suited to the precise needs of the patient. Osteopaths work to restore the Musculo-Skeletal system of the body using techniques such as, manipulation, soft tissue massage, stretching and a refined and subtle type of treatment called cranial osteopathy.

Cranial osteopathy uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage movement and the release of pressure throughout the skull thus improving the flow of the Cerebro-Spinal fluid. It is extremely effective in treating a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age.

What can osteopaths help?

Osteopaths treat the whole person as well as specific conditions. A very wide variety of conditions may be helped, including:photo-md

  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Minor sports injury
  • Sciatica & Lumbago
  • Arthritic pain
  • Sinusitis neuralgia
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems

What to expect at an appointment

A full case history will be taken during your first visit and you will be given a full examination, usually undressed to your underwear but not necessarily so for certain assessments. With an explanation of the findings, you will be offered appropriate treatment, management and provided with relevant advice on lifestyle, exercise, rehabilitation and posture.

Osteopaths Act 1993

In 1993, under the Osteopaths Act, osteopathy became the first complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory recognition. The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) has been set up, which opened its register in May 1998. The GOsC is responsible for regulating the profession in the UK. It has been given powers by parliament to set standards of education and conduct. The GOsC’s duty is to protect the public and maintain the reputation of the profession.

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