Osteopathy is often a misunderstood field of medicine; whilst some believe we just offer massage, others confuse it with treatments that have no basis in science. In order to describe what an osteopath could achieve for you, let’s begin with a basic overview of what osteopathy is, as well as looking at the conditions it has been proven to help treat.
Osteopathy – An overview
Although Osteopathy sits in the category of a ‘complementary or alternative medicine (CAM)’, what we offer is based on science.
As osteopaths we adopt a ‘total body’ focus – aiming for overall health through the strengthening of the musculoskeletal system. The core concept of osteopathy is that the health and wellbeing of an individual is dependent upon the correct and smooth functioning of the body’s bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue.
Do osteopaths have to be qualified?
Osteopaths must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in osteopathy. Courses typically span over four years of full-time training. Those who were qualified prior to 1995 have a Diploma in Osteopathy. Osteopathic training involves many differing forms of medicine, including anatomy, physiology, and bio-mechanics.
Answering the question: “What can an osteopath do for me?”
Given the sheer array of conditions that osteopaths can treat, the answer to this question ultimately depends on what you may be suffering from – or indeed what condition you wish to prevent.
In short, osteopathy aims to:
• Improve the function of the spine and joints
• Relieve muscle tension
• Improve the blood supply to tissues
• Help the body to heal
It can assist the young and old, those who are pregnant, undertake sports and those who work in demanding manual jobs. The versatility of osteopathy is its strength, as the techniques involved are incredibly customisable as according to the patient and their condition or aims.
What forms of conditions does osteopathy treat?
The conditions that osteopathy aims to address are exceptionally far and wide ranging. Here is a summary of the most common forms of conditions, diseases and injuries that we treat:
• Digestive issues
• Aches in the head, back, neck, and heel/foot pain
• Injuries including: shin splints, tennis elbow, whiplash and repetitive strain injury
• Circulatory problems
• Postural problems
• Jaw pain
The number of conditions that osteopathy can help with can be explained by the philosophy of osteopathy – that if one area of the body is somehow restricted, then other areas in the body must work harder – ultimately over compensating. This can then go on to cause problems such as inflammation, pain and stiffness, as well as other health issues.
An osteopath can minimalise pain, reduce stress and provide for greater overall mobility – placing the body in a better position to heal – whatever the condition, illness or injury.
To make an appointment with one of our three qualified Osteopaths, please call 020 8316 5316.