What is Osteopathy
Many people think Osteopaths are the back specialists, and although we do always look at the spine, we treat far more than just backs. Our main areas of expertise are the muscles, joints and nerves of the body and their associated problems.
Osteopathy looks at the body as a whole, and aims to place it in a position where it can heal itself. We are trained to diagnose the cause of pain or dysfunction, taking a very detailed case history to make sure we have a full picture of a patients’ presenting complaint as well as their past history.
As Osteopaths we aim to restore the body to its optimum health with a variety of techniques ranging from massage, mobilisations and manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. As health care professionals it is our job to look our for more serious complaints or symptoms and refer patients to specialists where necessary.
Osteopathy is for everyone, patients varying from the newborn baby to the elderly, from pregnant women to sports people.
Professionalism and safety
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.