What can be treated with osteopathy

Osteopathy

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is one of the safest and most effective forms of treatment for musculoskeletal pain. It can be used both as a treatment for a specific condition or simply as a therapeutic measure to promote health and well-being. It is a manual holistic therapy, which uses an established, recognized system of diagnosis and treatment with its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. An osteopath uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the individual needs of the patient in a holistic manner. For more details regarding the scope of osteopathic techniques and styles click treatment.

It is distinctive in the fact that it recognizes much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease processes. An osteopath uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the individual needs of the patient in a holistic manner.

Safe in Our Hands

  • Osteopaths study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree
  • This is similar to a medical degree, with the emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine
  • Training includes more than 1000 hours of osteopathic techniques
  • Osteopathy is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for lower back pain (May 2009)
  • Guidance for general practitioners from the British Medical association states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths
  • Osteopathy is natural, safe and effective

In recent times the profession has gained more recognition for treating back pain via manipulation. The UK Back pain Exercise and Manipulation (BEAM) trial of 2004 demonstrated both the clinical and cost effectiveness of spinal manipulation followed by a programme of exercise, which is typical osteopathic care. This is one of the largest trials in Europe on record.

Osteopathy was the first complementary therapy to gain government recognition in 1993 when the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was formed. Osteopathic standards in the U.K are now monitored and maintained via registration with the GOsc that requires all Osteopaths to engage in proven regular continuing professional development (CPD). The effect of this is that patients are benefiting from ever increasingly higher osteopathic standards.

The History

Founded by Andrew Taylor Still in 1874 in Kirksville USA, osteopathy has now travelled worldwide. Dr. Still was a physician who wanted a more effective way of treating systemic illness at that time. In osteopathy, he found it and its success spawned the many generations of osteopaths around the globe today. Osteopathy was the first complementary therapy to gain government recognition back in 1993 when the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was formed. Since May 2000, it has been law in the U.K that all osteopaths are registered with the GOsC and hold full professional indemnity insurance.