What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a primary health care system, complementary to other medical practices and focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders.  It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions.                         Osteopaths primarily work through the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, mostly on muscles and joints, using holistic and patient centered approaches to restore the optimal functioning of the body.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and has the ability to heal itself.  This can be utilized as part of the treatment. No part of the body works, or can be considered, in isolation.  Osteopaths' patient-centered approach to health and well-being means that we consider symptoms in the context of the patient's full medical history, as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The key tools for osteopathic diagnosis include listening to the patient’s history, examining muscles and joints and observing movements. X -rays, scans and other clinical investigations are also used if required. A wide range of gentle, non-invasive manual techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation are applied therapeutically.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. Patients may be referred by their doctor, or may opt to see an osteopath independently.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Exerts from GOsC and BSO websites)

What to expect from treatment                                                                                                                                     In order to fully assess you and to identify the best treatment for you we will begin by asking you a series of questions relating to your symptoms. A full medical history will also be taken at your initial appointment in order to ensure that you are suitable for osteopathic treatment.                                                                                  We will then examine you in order to ascertain the nature of your problem and to make a full diagnosis. For this we may require you to undress to your underwear. However, if you are not comfortable with this please feel free to bring shorts and a vest/crop top.                                                                                                                                                                                                  We will then discuss suitable treatment options and prognosis with you.                                                                                                                                                                Everything discussed during your treatment with your osteopath is completely confidential and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

                                                                                                                                                                            Insurance                                                                                                                                                                 Most insurance companies cover osteopathic treatment however different policies have different levels of cover. Therefore, it is advisable to contact your in