What is osteopathy?
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All osteopathic consultations will include a full case history review, active movements and advice on self-treatment techniques, corrective exercise prescription and pain management. Each treatment is specifically tailored to your individual needs.
Osteopathy is a system of preventative and therapeutic medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. It aims to restore function to the body and to alleviate existing issues that are preventing the body from healing itself.
Advice on lifestyle, exercise and diet may also be given during treatment depending on the presenting condition. Each treatment is specifically tailored to each individual’s needs and requirements.
Osteopaths use a combination of soft tissue, cranial, joint mobilisation and manipulation techniques to restore normal function to the body. These techniques are suitable for all ages – from babies and children to the elderly and can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, some of which include:
• Generalised aches and pains.
• Muscle spasms and cramp.
• Neck pain and associated headaches.
• Lower back pain.
• Trapped nerves, for example sciatica.
• Joint pain for example pain in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, feet.
• Arthritic pain and stiffness in both spinal and peripheral joints such as your hip or knee.
• Migraine prevention.
• Minor sports injuries.
• Rheumatic pain.
• Back and joint pain during and post-pregnancy.
Osteopaths are regulated by law and undergo specialist degree level training comprising 4-5 years. They must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) -a governing body who administers clinical and ethical guidelines in order to practice. Part of the registration process includes mandatory continuous professional development (CPD) to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date and maintain high levels of patient care.
Osteopaths are recognised by NHS England as an allied healthcare professional.
If you would like a confidential chat to discuss whether osteopathy would be an appropriate approach to your condition prior to booking an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact our Haywards Heath clinic.
We also offer massage therapy from our Haywards heath clinic so get in touch to book a session.
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Osteopathy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, some of which include:
- Generalised aches and pains.
- Muscle spasms and cramp.
- Neck pain and associated headaches.
- Lower back pain.
- Trapped nerves, for example sciatica.
- Joint pain for example pain in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, feet.
- Arthritic pain and stiffness in both spinal and peripheral joints such as your hip or knee.
- Migraine prevention.
- Minor sports injuries.
- Rheumatic pain.
- Back and joint pain during and post pregnancy.
Osteopaths undergo an extensive training process usually comprising 4-5 years.
Yes-osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council-a governing body who administers clinical and ethical guidelines.
Osteopathy is covered by most major insurance companies, including AXA PPP and BUPA. Please check your policy documents as a GP referral or an excess payment may be required.
Some osteopathic techniques may be a bit uncomfortable but as there is such a variety (ranging from very gentle soft tissue work to manipulative work) to choose from, there will always be another option to use. Please let your osteopath know if you are in any discomfort during treatment so they can adapt your treatment.