Osteopathy is a distinct discipline that consists of treatment methods that treat musculoskeletal conditions; osteopaths believe that structure governs function and function governs structure.
When a patient comes to my clinic an initial consultation will consist of case history taking, examination using clinical, orthopaedic and osteopathic tests, then treatment. Osteopaths are trained to recognise underlying pathologies and are able to refer patients back to their GP/Specialist for further investigations if need be.
Osteopathic treatments consists of soft tissue, mobilisation, manipulation, and neuromuscular techniques. We also give exercise, postural and ergonomic advice. The majority of musculoskeletal conditions that osteopaths treat is back pain, but we can treat other areas for example: hip, knee, elbow, and wrist etc. Some Osteopaths will add other treatment modalities such as ultrasound, cranial and acupuncture. Some Osteopaths specialise in treating babies/children, sports and animals.
Osteopaths have come a long way in gaining NHS recognition and are part of mainstream healthcare as physiotherapy etc, but most Osteopaths work in the private sector due to NHS monetary constraints. So most patients are self-referral or private health company referral.
I am an experienced professional Osteopath and have built up a reputation over 20 years, specialising in Lower back complaints. So whoever comes to me for treatment will be safe in my hands.