What is Osteopathy?
In brief, Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function at its optimum, leaving more energy for living. All osteopathic techniques are safe, gentle and highly effective.
Everyone from the newborn to the older person can benefit from osteopathic treatment. Qualification as an Osteopath requires completion of a BSc Degree course (min 4 years) in Osteopathy.
Who can benefit from Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is great for anyone who is seeking immediate care for acute pain or anyone looking to improve their quality of life through regular treatment. As all osteopathic techniques are safe, gentle and highly effective, everyone from the newborn to the elderly can benefit from osteopathic treatment .
What happens when I visit an Osteopath?
On first consultation a detailed case history will be taken. This includes all relevant work, social and medical history.
A thorough physical examination is then conducted – normally the Patient will be asked to remove some clothing to evaluate posture and mobility.
A diagnosis will be made and the Patient will be treated accordingly. The treatment is explained to the patient who will also receive an initial estimate of how many treatments may be required. Treatment will then commence with the Patient’s consent.
Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?
No. You can contact an Osteopath directly as they are trained as primary health care professionals.
Whilst doctors and other health care practitioners refer patients to osteopaths, most patients self-refer.