What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a practical form of healthcare that treats the whole body. It is a hands-on treatment that provides relief for physical conditions and pain relating to the body’s structural system. Our osteopaths are specialists in helping people get better, using in-depth knowledge of anatomy and a very fine sense of touch, alongside up-to-date clinical knowledge, to help locate areas of dysfunction and work to resolve them and prevent re-occurrence by advising on exercise.
What can I expect when I attend?
- First of all, we want to hear in your own words what the problem is, how it’s affecting you, and what you hope we can do to help you. We’ve got time to listen to you and make sure we understand you and your problem so we can build a recovery plan centred around you!
- Once we’ve formed an understanding of what your issue is we will usually have a very good idea what the diagnosis is but this is only a small part of what’s important. We need to work out not only what the problem is but more importantly why the problem has arisen, this allows us to help you not only recover from it but make a plan to prevent it happening again.
- As part of our assessment, we will look at how the area/s that hurt are working but also other parts of your body so we can build a recovery plan based firmly around your individual needs as no two people are the same and we believe in giving you the absolute best care and that doesn’t start with generic exercises or treatments for most people we help.
- It’s key that you understand what the problem is, our ideas about why it has developed if applicable and what we are going to do to help you and what you can do to help yourself because this is how you get the most out of your time with us.
What is the difference between osteopaths and chiropractors?
Can I benefit from osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a gentle and safe form of therapy and is suitable for adults, children and infants. At Bannerdale Osteopaths we see a wide range of problems including:
- Back/neck/shoulder pain
- Hip and knee pain
- Muscular aches
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint pain/arthritic pain
We can provide relief for:
- Occupational and repetitive strain injuries
- Sports injuries
- Pregnant and nursing mothers
Each treatment is tailored to your individual circumstances
The osteopathic examination will include:
- Visual examination
- Hands-on examination where we use our hands to gently feel for restrictions or structural problems in your muscles, tissues, joints and bones. You will probably be required to remove some of your outer clothing.
- General health checks. These could include blood pressure measurements and coordination and reflex tests.
Treatment will often involve some combination of the following:
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint articulation
- Rhythmic stretching
- Fluid drainage
- Highly specialised joint manipulation
- Exercise prescription
How many visits will it take?
Of course this depends on the individual condition you present with sometimes 1 is all that’s needed but on average 3-4 sessions to control the symptoms. Then depending on how well you can interact with the exercises to prevent re-occurrence a few check ups may be required. We pride ourselves on getting you back to health in as few treatments as possible and believe a successful outcome is not seeing you again in our treatment room.
Is osteopathy regulated like seeing my GP?
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners like GP’s and are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council who hold us to the same standards as the General Medical Council do for doctors. You can discuss matters with the same level of trust as you would your GP and know that the information will remain confidential and we will be acting in your best interests at all times. This does mean that we might ask some questions about your general health but as with every other aspect of the consultation please ask if you want to know why. The consultation is a two way discussion so we can work out how to best help you and you can understand what is happening with your body.
The Osteopaths Act 1993 Establishes the General Osteopathic Council to “provide for the regulation of the profession of osteopathy.”
In 1993 osteopathy became the first major complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory regulation. From 1998 all osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. This means that all osteopaths on the register have demonstrated that they are safe and competent and all patients have the same safeguards as when they visit their doctor or dentist.
More information is available from the website www.osteopathy.org.uk