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.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Regulation of osteopathy
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year and we provide registrants with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.
How can Osteopathy help you?
Osteopaths are manual therapist that treat the person rather than specific conditions. Osteopaths at Hammersmith physiotherapy give individualized treatment plan to a wide variety of patients; athletes, people injured at work, the elderly, pregnant women or new mothers and babies. Osteopathy can help relieve the symptoms of a range of conditions, including:
- general aches and pains
- acute and chronic back pain and neck pain
- headache arising from the neck
- arthritic pain
- joint pain
- sports injuries
- muscles spasms
- shoulder and elbow pain
If you would like to find out whether osteopathy is able to help with your condition, please ring the clinic. The reception team will be able to arrange for an osteopath to ring you back and discuss your problem.
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