What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

Disturbances within the body are often caused by a variety of physical and mental demands placed upon in it from injuries, occupation, lifestyle, and diet.

To effectively diagnose and treat such disturbances, Osteopaths take a detailed case history and assesses the overall structure and functioning of the body to determine how the joints, ligaments and muscles move collectively. This enables Osteopaths to identify areas of weakness or excessive strains that predispose the body to injury, pain and discomfort.

Who can be treated?

Osteopathy treats the young, the elderly, manual workers, office professionals, pre and post natal pregnancy and sports enthusiasts.

Our patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, the most common include back pain, repetitive strain injuries, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving, work related injuries, or pain from arthritis or sports injuries.

Most people think of Osteopaths as only treating back pain but we actually treat the whole body and can improve everything from ankle injuries to neck pain and migraines. Symptoms of osteoarthritis are a common ailment which can be greatly improved with treatment, pain may be reduced and mobility increased.

What techniques do Osteopaths use?

Using physical manipulation, stretching and massage techniques, treatment aims to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension and enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring is often given.

What Training is required to become an Osteopath?

Osteopaths are trained professionals who are skilled in diagnosing problems, including those which may require further investigation if necessary. Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day with more than seven million consultations carried out every year (General Osteopathic Council).

Training courses lead to a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy (a BSc Hons, BOst or BOstMed) or a masters degree (MOst). Courses usually consist of four to five years that encompasses anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics, plus at least 1,200 hours of clinical training.
Many osteopaths continue their studies after graduating and there is a legal requirement for Osteopaths to update their training every year throughout their career.
The standards of osteopathic training and practice are maintained and developed by the General Osteopathic Council, the profession’s statutory regulator established under the Osteopaths Act 1993.

Only people registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are allowed to practise or call themselves osteopaths. You can find registered osteopaths near on the GOsC website.(link to gosc)


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Tel: 01920 424944
Email: info@oaklandsosteopathy.co.uk

Watton-at-Stone Clinic
Hertfordshire SG14 3SN



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