Osteopaths are trained as Primary Healthcare Practitioners and are an integral part of rehabilitative care. As the first complimentary medicine to obtain government recognition, osteopaths are governed and regulated by the General Osteopathic Council.
Osteopathy is the diagnosis and treatment of the body which encompasses all muscles, ligaments and joints. Our extensive training in both anatomy and physiology allows the whole body to be addressed thus promoting optimal function throughout. As osteopaths are trained to treat holistically, the site of pain is considered in the context of the individual.
Our osteopath will take a detailed case history, including past history as well as the reason you are seeking help now. We will put your present problem into the context of your health and life to this point. Having taken a history, the osteopath will advise you of your therapy plan before treatment. Examinations are based on orthopaedic and neurological tests as well as tests of movement and strength which give clues as to the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments involved. Treatment may involve gentle articulation movements, soft tissue manipulation and/or gentle cranial osteopathic techniques. Patients may then be given further advice on posture, prevention and exercises. All techniques are chosen for each patient’s individual needs, allowing for the most effective treatment for that individual.
Our senior Osteopaths are covered by BUPA, AXA/PPP and most other insurers. *Please enquire at time of booking.
Recent research evidence
Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report
Gert (Bronfort et al. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010,18:3)
Spinal manipulation/mobilization (as practiced by osteopaths) is effective in adults for: acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain; migraine and cervicogenic headache; cervicogenic dizziness; manipulation/mobilization is effective for several extremity joint conditions; and thoracic manipulation/mobilization is effective for acute/subacute neck pain. Massage is effective in adults for chronic low back pain and chronic neck pain.
UK Back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) Trial Team. United Kingdom back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial: effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary care. BMJ. 2004; 329 (7479):1377-1384.