What is osteopathy?
Find out more about the type of care that osteopaths offer below.
About Osteopathy – What is osteopathy?
What is osteopathy?
Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals, with expertise in the musculoskeletal (MSK) system – that is the muscles, joints and associated tissues and their relationship with other systems of the body.
We provide safe, effective treatment and care that aims to promote the health of patients of all ages (from babies to the elderly). Osteopaths use manual therapy, health advice and sometimes exercise, tailored to the needs of the individual.
People who visit an osteopath consistently report high satisfaction with the care they receive. Patients express high confidence in the treatment and advice of their osteopath, with rates in excess of 90% for both satisfaction and trust.
Osteopaths work closely with other healthcare professionals such as consultants, GPs, nurses, midwives, and physiotherapists. However, you do not need a GP referral to book an osteopathy appointment.
What do osteopaths do?
Osteopaths will use a wide variety of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, improving mobility and optimising function. Alongside this, your osteopath will offer useful health advice and suggest exercises if required.
Moreover, we will work with – or refer you to – other healthcare professionals as needed to ensure you receive optimum care. We take the time to understand each patient – your unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. This helps to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your issue, (not just addressing the site of discomfort). Based on this, we formulate a treatment plan with you that will achieve the best outcome.
How can osteopaths help?
People commonly visit osteopaths for MSK conditions, such as back, neck, joint, muscle and arthritic discomfort. Osteopaths have a well-deserved, evidence-based reputation for expertise in the treatment of these conditions.
Additionally, patients turn to osteopathy for a variety of other health reasons. These include neuromuscular conditions such as sciatica, digestive issues, headaches and migraine prevention. To find out more about how osteopaths can help, please click here.
You do not need a GP referral to see us.
Training and registration
Osteopaths are regulated by law and recognised as an allied health profession by NHS England. This gives them a similar status to dentists or physiotherapists and guarantees the equivalent high level of care.
By law, we are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to practise in the UK.
Before obtaining our registration, osteopaths must attain a Masters of Osteopathy (MOst.) and complete over 1,200 hours of clinical placements (direct patient contact time).
To maintain our registration with GOsC, which is renewed annually, we must meet mandatory continuous professional development (CPD): keeping skills and knowledge up-to-date and maintaining high standards of professional development.
What you can expect from visiting an osteopath
When visiting an osteopath for the first time, it is natural to feel a little unsure of what to expect. The following information explains what happens and answers any questions you may have.