Osteopathy is the science of manipulating the joints of the body for theraputic purposes. Osteopaths are qualified and work both in the NHS and private practice, treating a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, sciatica and sports injuries.
All osteopaths have a BSc or MSc in osteopathy and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, ensuring all osteopathic patients receive a high level of care from a skilled and competent professional. Osteopaths also undertake Continuing Professional Development in order to remain qualified to practice.
Osteopaths normally practice other therapies in conjunction with osteopathy. These therapies also form part of a typical osteopathic consultation:
Dry Needling or 'Western Acupuncture' is a form of acupuncture that releases muscles and nerves by applying needles to key points on the body.
Deep tissue massage eases tight muscles whilst stimulating blood flow and the removal of toxins, speeding up recovery.
Your osteopath will normally also give you exercises to do to aid recovery and rehabilitation, and help you understand how to stop your injury coming back in the future.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage to detect, treat and prevent health problems.
Depending on your treatment, you will normally need to remove clothing down to your underwear, allowing your osteopath to better understand how your body is working and to diagnose and treat your problem effectively.
Depending on the nature of your ailment and treatment, you might experience some moderate pain in the course of your osteopathic treatment. Your osteopath will ask whether you have had osteopathic treatment before and explain to you what to expect.
It's not generally necessary to inform your doctor that you are undergoing osteopathic treatment, but you may wish to let them know. Your osteopath will refer you back to your GP if your ailment would be better treated with medicine.
Dry Needling or 'Western Acupuncture' is a form of acupuncture that releases muscles and nerves by applying needles to key points on the body. If you've never experienced dry needling before, your osteopath will explain the procedure with you and make sure you are comfortable with it.
Every patient is different and there is no typical number of sessions. At your initial consultation your osteopath will give you an idea of how many sessions you'll need.
John has been practicing for five years and graduated in sports science before qualifying as an osteopath. John is also a running coach and has a particular interest in sporting performance and running-related health.
Osteopath, Yoga Teacher, Nutritionist
Esin is a qualified yoga teacher and dietician as well as an osteopath. She takes a holistic approach to health, offering her popular 'recovery yoga' and nutritional advice as well as osteopathic treatment.