osteopathy

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is offered by: 

Helen Clarke Thursday mornings
Mike O'Connor on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon/evening and Friday afternoon
Peter Schimke on Monday mornings, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons

ABOUT OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy is a safe, well established and natural form of manual therapy. In addition to being effective in the relief of symptoms, one of the main strengths of osteopathy lies in its ability to assess each person as an individual and to ascertain what factors have contributed to a particular complaint. 

The problem might be very straightforward - perhaps an overstrain injury in someone who is otherwise fit and healthy. On the other hand it might be something more complicated - an accumulation of several factors such as a sedentary job, little time for exercise, loss of muscle tone and poor recovery from a previous complaint. These together can lead to a similar looking set of symptoms but each will require a different approach.

We work in close collaboration with our patients. The aim of treatment is not only to sort out the immediate problem but to leave our patients in better physical health, providing them with a better understanding of what has happened to cause the problem and reduce the likelihood of the problem reoccurring in the future. 

It is core to Osteopathic thinking that all systems of the body are interrelated, so poor performance in one area can lead to strain on other physiological processes. Through treatment we hope to affect the function of the whole system and in so doing to improve overall health and well-being.

Osteopathy is a well recognised treatment for a range of musculo-skeletal conditions related to the back and neck. It may be capable of helping a much wider range of problems: from cervicogenic headaches, fatigue and stress related disorders to digestive problems, asthma and general ill health. Some patients find an osteopathic check-up a few times a year keeps problems at bay and helps eradicate minor aches and pains.

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, but 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. 

Excerpt taken from the British Osteopathic Association www.osteopathy.org