Whatever life throws at you, it’s the daily wear and tear that takes its toll on your body, Osteopathy does more than just treat backs. it helps relax the body and calm the mind but also improves your general health and wellbeing. Regular treatments give you the time to check in and tune up to help you be ready for more of this wonderful thing we call living.
Osteopathy treatment helps you to do more of what you love. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a parent or an entrepreneur, your daily grind adds stress to your body.
What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a safe and effective approach to treating a range of everyday aches and pains. An Osteopath can diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions without the direct referral of a GP. It is considered alternative to traditional healthcare and works complimentary to it. It is the job of the Osteopath to discover the root cause of the problem rather than just treat the symptoms.
Osteopathy focuses on improving the whole health of the person and allows the body to heal naturally. Treatment can provide symptom relief for simple mechanical problems and contribute to the management of a range of long-term complaints. Many people also choose to continue to visit an Osteopath on a maintenance basis long after the injury has resolved. This is in order to prevent the injury returning and can be combined with regular sporting and physical activity. Treatment is suitable for a variety of people from all walks of life including children, mothers to be and the elderly.
My Osteopathy Training
My training was 4 years full time at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London. I gained a Masters of Osteopathy (M.Ost) degree, a Diploma in Osteopathy (DO) and also a Diploma of Naturopathy (ND). The Naturopathy element of the degree allowed me to study Nutrition and Dietetics, Biochemistry, Detoxification, Hydrotherapy and Stress Management.
My Masters degree research thesis studied the effects of high heeled shoes on muscle activity and spinal curves which was inspired by my interest in Vibram Fivefingers footwear.
I am fully committed to updating my knowledge through compulsory continued professional development (CPD) each year as directed by my governing body, the General Osteopathic Council.
The General Osteopathic Council
All osteopaths who practice in the UK are by law registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is unlawful to call yourself an Osteopath without being registered with the GOsC. The GOsC was established under the Osteopaths Act (1993) to regulate and promote the profession, ensuring the highest standards of safety, proficiency and CPD are retained.
To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.
—A.T. Still Founder of Osteopathic Medicine
Health Care Providers and insurance schemes
Some private health care providers such as BUPA, PPP and WPA pay for treatment under their health care policies. They will usually only do this if the treatment is being provided by an Osteopath registered with the General Osteopathic council. If you are a member of a health care scheme, please telephone them for further information.