How Osteopathy Helps
Osteopathy is a method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. Osteopaths use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery.
The body has the natural ability to maintain itself and, by helping this process, an osteopath can promote restoration of normal function. The principle of osteopathy is that the wellbeing of an individual relies on the way that bones, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and internal structures work with each other.
An osteopath will take the time to understand their patient, and their unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. This helps to make an accurate diagnosis of the causes of the pain or lack of function (rather than just addressing the site of the condition), and from that, to formulate a treatment plan that will achieve the best outcome.
Working Together with other Professions
Osteopaths frequently work alongside other health professionals as well as complementary and alternative medical practitioners. Osteopathy works well to complement other medical interventions including surgery and prescribed medication.
Safety and Regulation
Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four or five year degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice. Many osteopaths also study for masters degrees.
Osteopathy is very safe. It is estimated that between 1 in 50,000 and 1 in 100,000 patients will suffer a reaction to osteopathic treatment that is serious enough to require further medical treatment or does not resolve within 48 hours.
Conditions treated by Osteopaths
Although Osteopaths are well known for treating back pain, the practice of Osteopathy can help relieve the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. These include:
- Neck pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Joint pain
- Rheumatic pain
- Minor Sports injury
- Arthritic pain
- Shoulder pain
- Leg pain
- Trapped nerves
- Postural problems