- What do osteopaths do?
Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. Back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your body will work well if it has good structural balance. Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body. We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, joint mobilisation, lifestyle advice and postural correction. This breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs. Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people.
- Conditions we treat
The most common conditions that we treat are:
• back and neck pain
• shoulder and arm problems
• pelvis, hip and leg problems
• sports and other injuries
However, some patients have found osteopathy helpful for other conditions. If you want to find out more, our osteopath will be happy to talk to you.
- Qualifications An osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar in structure to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques.
- Registration By law, osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.
- Safety The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.