Osteopathy uses a patient-focused healthcare approach to diagnose and treat individuals. It works towards restoring, maintaining and promoting physical and psychosocial wellbeing. This is achieved through concentrating on the structural or mechanical function of the body to promote movement and health. Consultations will include taking your medical history as well as details about your symptoms. This helps the osteopath assess whether you are safe to treat and if treatment might help.
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Primarily treatments take the form of ‘hands-on’ or manual therapy. This may involve gentle osteopathic techniques including massage, mobilisation and spinal manipulation. The causes of your symptoms and expected outcomes will also be discussed.
Osteopathy aims to help your body’s own healing mechanisms without the need for drugs or surgery.
Self-management advice may also be given regarding exercises, posture, post-injury care.
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993 and complete a minimum of 4 years at university. This includess 1,000 hours of supervised patient consultations. You do not need to be referred to visit an osteopath but your doctor may need to be contacted, with your permission, to benefit your care and management.
Osteopaths are Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) meaning they work in a similar capacity to physiotherapists, paramedics, dieticians, podiatrists within healthcare and maybe employed by the NHS.