Exceptional Osteopath In Central London
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a complete system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions founded over 100 years ago. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths encourage the body to heal itself through non-invasive manual techniques.
What do we do?
Many people see osteopaths as "back specialists", as back pain is what we treat a lot of the time. However, osteopathy can be effective for a wide range of conditions involving other areas of the body. Osteopathy does not only target the symptoms, but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a global approach and believe that your whole body will work well if every part is in balance, and working well together.
What happens in your first visit?
Before we start treating you, we will take a full medical history. Osteopaths take time to listen to you and ask questions about your pain or injury, your medical history, occupation and lifestyle. You may bring medical reports, x-rays or scans as they may be very useful in painting a more detailed picture of your complaint.
After the case history has been taken, the osteopath will discuss with you the examination they would like to carry out, and ask for your consent. You may be asked to undress down to your underwear, you should bring shorts or suitable underwear to protect your modesty.
Initally, posture and gait will be examined. The osteopath will ask you to perform a series of active movements, in order to further inform clinical reasoning on the nature and source of your complaint. Osteopaths also assess what happens when they move your body for you and see what hurts, and when it does.
Depending on your case history and reported symptoms, the osteopath may perform a neurological, respiratory or cardiovascular assessment, which may involve checking your reflexes, feeling for your pulses, checking your heart rate and blood pressure.
After the examination, the osteopath will discuss with you their working diagnosis, and a rough outline of the management plan. Your osteopath will ask you for consent to examine and treat you and will make sure you understand exactly what is going on at every stage of the consultation. If you need further investigations you will be referred to your GP or other health professional, usually with a letter.
How do osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths use soft tissue massage, stretching, physical manipulation and mobilization to release tension, stretch muscles and improve joint mobility, and ultimately to help relieve pain. The treatment will vary for every patient. You may be given advice on posture, lifestyle and exercises to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. Osteopaths look at the person as a whole and how outside factors may influence your condition.
Who can visit an osteopath?
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, the elderly, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children, sports people and professional athletes. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back and neck pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.
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Is osteopathy safe?
Osteopaths must study 4 to 5 years for a Master's Degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. During that time, they complete at least 1200 hours of clinical practice in general and specialist clinics.
The title of osteopath is protected in the UK, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is unlawful to practice osteopathy unless you are suitably qualified and registered with the GOsC. Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year and the GOsC provides registrants with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements. Indeed, osteopaths must complete at least 30 hours of continued professional development each year to maintain high standards of practice.
Osteopaths must have suitable medical malpractice liability insurance in place and be able to provide copies of such on request. To check that your practitioner is registered you can visit www.osteopathy.org and go to the ‘find a practitioner’ area of the site.
Your osteopath has been subjected to an enhanced check by the disclosure and barring service (DBS).