Why Visit an Osteopath?

Linda gently stretching a patients' neck

Why should I visit an Osteopath?

Most people who come to see me bring their aches and pains that may have been accumulated due to work postures , stress and repetitive movements. Some may have lifted something too heavy for them, sneezed ‘in the wrong way’ or often, they simply don’t know why they're in pain and it’s my job to figure that out and create a plan accordingly. Sports overuse type injuries are very common, too.

Osteopaths can help you with a whole range of musculo-skeletal issues, most commonly we see folks with low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain etc. But really, we can help with any joint pain from top to toe. Check out the list of medical conditions the Advertising Standards Authority say we are allowed to advertise that we can treat, as backed up by research.

I use my skills and experience as an Osteopath and JEMS® Practitioner to observe movement patterns, to diagnose and form an effective treatment and rehabilitation plan to get you back on track: back doing the things you love and live in ease.

What You Need to Know

Osteopathy is a form of hands-on therapy that helps to calm any tissues that are causing you pain.

It offers a holistic approach to assessing the biomechanics of the body. We understand how the body works: how all our systems interlink and dynamically work together.

In order to become an Osteopath, you need to train for 4 – 5 years, gaining a Degree/Master’s in Osteopathy. We have to do 1000 hours in clinic (unpaid), plus rigorous examinations before we qualify. Upon qualification we need to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC), who heavily regulates the profession and protects our title. It is illegal to call yourself an Osteopath unless you are registered with this GOSC.

We need to complete CPD (continuous professional development) to maintain this registration. The CPD we partake in has to be in sync with the high Standards set by the GOSC.

Subjects we learn at degree level are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of all the systems
  • Neuroscience and Neurology
  • Clinical Examinations
  • Orthopaedic Examinations
  • Osteopathy history and philosophy
  • Osteopathic Technique
  • Nutrition
  • Sociology and Psychology

Hands-On treatment - What to Expect

Every Osteopath will use different methods of calming the tissues down and encouraging movement into your muscles and joints, but mostly come under the techniques:

  • Massage – I do lots of it
  • PNF/METs (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation/Muscle Energy Techniques)
  • Mobilisations
  • Manipulations
  • Cranial Sacral unwinds

It’s a safe and effective way to make you feel better. It’s a natural pain reliever.

Consent is gained before any treatment is given.

See below an example of what my osteopathic treatment looks like for the lower back