Find out how Osteopathy can help you- it’s more than just treating bones
If you thought Osteopathy was just about treating bones, you’d be partially correct! The name is a bit of a giveaway (it derives from the ancient Greek word for “bone!) Osteopathy can be used to treat joint pain yes, but it’s so much more than just that!
Find out more in our blog, and learn what our Emsworth Osteopath James Bisson can do for you!
History of Osteopathy
Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by a man called Andrew Taylor Still. Osteopathy is a holistic (whole body), non invasive, alternative medicine. Osteopaths use numerous techniques to first assess and then treat any musculoskeletal problems you may be experiencing. They create treatment plans which are tailored to each individual patient, making every consultation unique. There are 4 main principles that all Osteopaths follow.
- The body is a unit made up of mind, body and spirit
- The body is capable of self healing
- Structure governs function and vice versa
- Rational treatment is based on these principles
These allow Osteopaths to treat people as individuals and not just as conditions.
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993 by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). To qualify, an Osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree or Masters in Osteopathy. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in Osteopathic techniques. By law, Osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an Osteopath if they are not registered.
What can Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths treat you as an individual rather than having a set routine for a given condition. This means the care you receive may vary to the care another person receives, and is based on your needs.
Osteopaths specialise in treating:
- Arthritic pain
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
- Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
- Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
- General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
- Generalised aches and pains
- Migraine prevention
- Minor sports injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Tension and inability to relax
- Rheumatic pain
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
What will happen when I go to see my Osteopath?
After booking your appointment, via the phone or online, you will be sent two forms that you will need to complete before the consultation. One form is our GDPR documentation, and the other form is your CareResponse form. This CareResponse form allows us to deliver the highest quality care for our patients. It sets a baseline for how you are feeling before coming to visit us, which we can then compare later with how you are feeling after treatment. We can use these results, with your consent, to give your GP an idea of what care has been delivered and how successful it has been. We also use these results to identify how well you are responding to care and if any changes need to be made to your treatment plan.
Upon arrival, one of our reception team will meet you. We will ask you to sign a consent form prior to your appointment. Once signed, you will then be taken for your appointment. The consultation itself will consist of three major parts: Talking about your condition, assessment and if deemed appropriate, treatment. The consultation will last up to 45 minutes. Each consultation is different so different amounts of time may be spent on each part based on your needs.
You may be given self care advice, exercises or a mixture of both during the consultation.
Treatment will be tailored to your needs and may include joint mobilisations, soft tissue work, and other hands-on techniques.
What you should do next:
If you would like to know more about Osteopathy or aren’t sure if I can help you, please book in for a Free 15 minute Complimetary Discovery Session and we can talk through any questions or concerns.
Nobody should have to live in pain and there is no such thing as “normal pain”.
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