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What is Osteopathy

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Osteopathy is a hands-on manual therapy that treats conditions affecting the musculo-skeletal system (bones, joints, muscles and ligaments). In addition to this, Osteopathy can also influence other systems; including the visceral system (organs), neurological system (nerves), cardiovascular system (heart & blood vessels), endocrine system and immune system.
Practiced since the late 1800’s as a holistic form of healthcare, Osteopathy takes into account all aspects about the patient’s health, not just the part that is problematic. Osteopaths generally encourage the body’s own healing systems to cure the patient more naturally, and avoid use of drugs where possible.
People typically visit an Osteopath when they are in pain or discomfort. Examples of symptoms include back pain, sciatica, joint pains, muscular pains, whiplash, arthritic pain, RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), shoulder pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, sports injuries, and postural problems. At The Osteocare Clinic we also recommend visiting our Osteopaths for regular check-up and maintenance appointments (similar to regular visits to the doctor, dentist, optician) to prevent future injuries occurring.
At present, Osteopathy treatments are currently not widely available on the NHS; however it is becoming gradually more accepted as a form of therapy.
An Osteopath can only use that title if they are first registered with The General Osteopathic Council. To be fully accredited, training will take approximately 4-5 years attending and studying at a professional university or institution. The Osteopathic student will learn anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, osteopathic principles, osteopathic diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
During your first appointment with an Osteopath, your doctor will take a full and detailed medical case history on you. This will then be followed by a full physical examination, for which you may be asked to remove some clothing and carry out some simple movements, possibly followed by some clinical tests. Once a successful diagnosis has been made, treatment may then begin.
The range of Osteopathic treatments varies from patient to patient, but they generally consist of soft tissue massages, gentle body manipulation and articulation techniques.

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