OSTEOPATHY IN CENTRAL LONDON
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.
WHAT DOES OSTEOPATHY TREAT?
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.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I SEE AN OSTEOPATH?
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.
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
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).