What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.
Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength, however, lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.
Osteopaths consider the whole person, examining posture, mobility and the state of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
What Do We Treat?
Osteopaths are perhaps best known for their treatment of back and neck problems although we do treat many other types of musculo-skeletal problems including shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees and feet. Other problems that often respond well to treatment are sciatica, headaches and some types of repetitive strain injury. Osteopathy can often give relief from the symptoms of osteo arthritis.
If you are not sure if your problems would benefit from osteopathic treatment then please call the practice on 01962 867196 and I will be happy to discuss things with you.
Osteopathy and Patient Protection
Osteopaths are trained to recognise and treat many causes of pain. Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and manual treatment, which is recognised by the British Medical Association as a discrete clinical discipline.
For the last 60 years osteopaths have worked within a system of voluntary regulation that set standards of training and practice.
In 1993 osteopathy became the first major complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory recognition under the 1993 Osteopaths Act. This has culminated in the opening of the statutory register of osteopaths by the General Osteopathic Council in May 1998. Only those practitioners able to show that they have been in safe and competent practice of osteopathy will be allowed onto the register and in the future all osteopaths will be trained to the same high, rigorous standards. All osteopaths will need to have medical malpractice insurance and to follow a strict code of conduct.
Patients will have the same safeguards as when currently they consult a doctor or dentist.
Telephone 01962 867196 to make your appointment