OSTEOPATHY IN CENTRAL LONDON

We're an excellent provider of Osteopathy in London. For the treatment of back pain, neck pain and much more.

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by the use of gentle mobilisations, manipulations, massage and stretching of your muscles and joints. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the healthy function of their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue and that the body has the innate ability to heal itself.

Osteopathy treats a wide range of problems related to muscles, joints, ligaments and other soft tissue. Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with back pain, neck pain and joint pain.

Osteopathy Appointments

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Fitzrovia Clinic

48 Charlotte Street,
London, W1T 2NS
fitzrovia@formclinic.com

Marble Arch Clinic

48 Upper Berkeley Street
London, W1H 5QJ
marble-arch@formclinic.com

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri: 08:00–20:00
Sat-Sun: 10:00–17:00

For Appointments

Call: 020 7099 7730

WHAT DOES OSTEOPATHY TREAT?

Osteopathy is a gentle and effectively way to treat many conditions. Treatments help you manage the pain quickly and painlessly, without the use of injections, long-term medication or surgery.

Back Pain

There are a number of causes of back pain, ranging from muscle spasms, nerve compression to disc bulges or prolapses, as well as injury to the small joints of the spine.

Suffering with back pain can be extremely debilitating, however in the vast majority of cases, Osteopathy treatment will effectively resolve back pain quickly and painlessly,

Similar to back pain, there are a number of causes of neck pain, which include whiplash, muscle spasms, nerve compression from disc bulges or prolapses, as well as injury to the small joints of the spine.

Neck pain can often be accompanied with shoulder pain or headaches and in many causes can be caused by postural strain from seating down and looking at a computer screen.

Osteopathy is very effective in the treatment of most neck pain.

Causes include:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Repetitive strain
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    WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I SEE AN OSTEOPATH?

    During your first Osteopathy appointment in our London clinic, the osteopath will ask you about your symptoms and your general health before carrying out a physical examination. The Osteopath will use their hands to find areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body. You will probably need to remove some clothing from the area being examined and you may be asked to perform simple movements to access your mobility of your spine and/or effected joints.

    Once the Osteopath has determined the clinical diagnosis of your problem, they will then be able to discuss whether Osteopathy can help treat the problem and, if so, what the treatment program should involve.

    Osteopaths are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or needs further tests, such as MRI scans or blood tests to help diagnose the problem. Our Osteopaths have strong relationships with London's leading spinal consultants and sports injury consultants. If further investigation, or an opinion is need, this can be easily arranged.

    Osteopathic Techniques

    An osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself. They use their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways, using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques. These include:

    • Soft Tissue Techniques - Releases and relax muscles and connective tissue.
    • Mobilisations or Articulations - Restores the normal mobility of joints
    • High-Velocity Thrusts - Helps reduce pain and improve movement of joints.
    • Acupuncture/Dry Needling - Reduces acute pain and deactivates muscle trigger points.

    Osteopaths also uses a variety of exercises rehabilitation techniques as well as postural re-education and lifestyle and diet assessment to better manage your problem as well as insure that it doesn't reoccur.

    Commonly the first appointment can last up to an hour, while further treatments last around 30-45 minutes. Your course of treatment will depend on the cause of your symptoms. In the case of lower back pain, most patients feel pain relief from the first treatment, with an average of 2-3 treatments for the symptoms to completely ease away.

    Osteopathy is great for both those seeking immediate care and is extremely beneficial for those wishing to invest in long-term health solutions. Our treatments are built to meet the needs of the individual, regardless of age or condition and aim to bring balance and increased flexibility to the whole body.

    OSTEOPATHY QUALIFICATIONS & REGULATION

    Osteopathy is one of only two Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) that are regulated under UK law. The other is being chiropractic. This regulation works in much the same way as regulation for medical doctors.

    Regulation

    Under the terms of the Osteopaths Act 1993, only people registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) can practise Osteopathy and call themselves Osteopaths.

    The GOsC will only accept registration from practitioners who have a qualification in Osteopathy that is recognised by the GOsC and who comply with their standards of practice.

    What qualifications do Osteopaths have?

    Osteopaths complete a four-year or five-year honours degree programme (bachelor's or master's), which involves at least 1,000 hours of clinical training. The two oldest Osteopathy Colleges in the UK and indeed Europe are based in London and are British School of Osteopath (Est. 1917) and British College of Osteopathic Medicine (Est. 1936).

    OSTEOPATHY AND GP REFERRALS

    In most cases, you don't need a GP referral to see our Osteopaths at FORM CLINIC. However, if you suffer from severe health problems and a complex medical history, you might wish to consult with your GP first. Alternatively you may wish to contact one of our Osteopaths for advice first and we will assist you. Some insurances will require that you be referred by your GP for Osteopathic treatment.

    OSTEOPATHY AND HEALTH INSURANCES

    Our practitioners are recognised by all the leading private health insurances providers, including: BUPA, Aviva, PruHealth, WPA, Cigna and Simplyhealth and other insures. In most cases at least some of the cost is reimbursed up to a certain limit.