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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?

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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.

Consultation

Consultation

At the start of your first appointment, we will ask you questions about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. This is very important as it will help us make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.

We will write down what you tell us in your records (Privacy Policy) . These will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the Data Protection Act 1998.

We will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (for example, pain in your lower arm may be linked to the nerves in your neck) so we may need to examine your whole body.

What to wear

What to wear

As with any healthcare appointment, we may ask you to remove some clothing. This is so that we can see and touch the areas of the body causing you concern. However, it is important to us that you feel at ease. Therefore, if you feel uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, we may be able to suggest suitable clothing, such as shorts and a t-shirt, or close-fitting garments, that will enable us to work effectively. Pease do discuss this with us.

You are welcome to ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your appointment.

Treatment

Treatment

We will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve further visits for manual therapy – a range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and improving mobility. We will also suggest exercises that you can do at home and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health. Your osteopath will discuss with you the likely cost of this and ask for your consent to begin treatment.

We will begin your treatment at your first appointment, but sometimes we may require further tests first i.e. blood tests or scans. Occasionally we may diagnose an illness that we are unable to treat and may refer you to your GP or another appropriate health professional.

Is treatment painful?

Is treatment painful?

Osteopathic treatment is usually a very gentle process and we work very hard to make treatment as painless as possible. However, you may experience some discomfort during and after treatment. We will warn you if we think that the technique that we are about to use is likely to be uncomfortable and will stop if you tell us that you are feeling too much pain.

Following treatment you may experience some mild soreness in the area of the body that was treated. This will normally will go away within 48 hours. If you experience serious or unusual symptoms after treatment you should contact your us straight away for advice.