Osteopathy is a regulated and recognised profession dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a range of musculoskeletal complaints including Back Pain Treatment. Osteopaths take an holistic approach to each individual’s wellbeing and use a range of hands-on techniques to help restore and maintain balance and good health.
The Benefits of Osteopathic Therapy
Osteopathy is based on the principle that an individual’s well being is closely associated with the correct and harmonious function of the joints, ligaments, muscles, blood flow and nerves. Osteopaths are trained to diagnose and treat a whole range of medical conditions including back pain treatment, sciatica, headaches, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain as well as sports injuries and repetitive injuries. Because of the individualistic nature of each patient’s case, no two treatment plans are the same. This means whatever treatment plan we embark on with you, it is bespoke to you and your body.
If you have already experienced Osteopathy and are looking for specific types of treatment, we use a variety of techniques including:
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Joint Adjustment (or Manipulation)
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Medical Acupuncture
Before using any of these techniques in your case we will discuss the best options for your specific condition as well as alternatives. To make the most of your treatment package, your Osteopath will advise on the most appropriate series of simple stretches and exercises for you to do at home which will help speed up your recovery. They may also recommend having additional massage treatments which will compliment your Osteopathic Therapy.
The combination of therapeutic touch on top of our treatment techniques give many benefits to reduce muscle tension, improve joint mobility, reduce pain and improve blood supply. This in turn promotes faster healing within injured tissues.
Recognised and Recommended
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidance and advice to improve health. NICE guidelines recommend manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) for managing low back pain with or without sciatica, but only as part of a treatment package including exercise. These guidelines are based on clinical research that has shown this combination to be the most effective and cost efficient treatment package. The recognised professionals that offer these tried and tested manual therapies are Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. Although treatment costs are not currently covered by NHS, we do have regular referrals from local GPs.
Established and Regulated
Osteopathy was established over 140 years ago and has progressed to be a leading profession in the treatment of a range of musculoskeletal complaints worldwide. The word osteopath comes from the Greek for bone (osteon) and suffering (pathos). In the UK the profession is regulated by its governing body the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is a legal requirement for all Osteopaths to be registered members of the GOsC. All members have to be qualified Osteopaths (a minimum of 4 years) and annual renewal of their licence to practice requires adherence to a professional code of conduct and proof of continual professional development. If your Osteopathic care is covered by your health insurance provider they will ask for the GOsC membership number of your osteopath.
When you see an Osteopath you can be rest assured you're being taken care of by a highly skilled and trained professional, who is committed to treating you with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills in their field.