Osteopathy is a form of primary healthcare using the hands for diagnosis and treatment. Patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and babies.
Osteopathy uses a patient-focused physical approach to restoring, maintaining and promoting physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Primarily treatments take the form of a manual therapy involving massage, mobilisation and spinal manipulation for the treatment of musculoskeletal problems. Some osteopaths, including all osteopaths at Greenfields, use techniques such as osteopathy in the cranial field, which are a part of traditional osteopathy. Osteopaths may also use visceral techniques to treat the body organs.
Osteopaths may refer to serious medical conditions if they hold convincing evidence of the efficacy of their treatments. Osteopaths may currently claim to treat the following disorders, for which there is generally accepted clinical evidence in the UK to support benefit from osteopathic treatment:
* Aches and pains
* Arthritic pain
* Back pain, backache, both acute and chronic (not arising from injury or accident)
* Circulatory problems
* Chronic low back pain
* Digestion problems
* Elbow pain
* Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis, arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences)
* Headaches arising from the neck
* Hip pain from osteoarthritis (as an adjunct to core osteoarthritis treatments and exercise)
* Inability to relax
* Joint pains
* Knee pain from osteoarthritis (as an adjunct to core osteoarthritis treatments and exercise)
* Migraine prevention
* Minor sports injuries and tensions
* Muscle spasms
* Neck pain from uncomplicated mechanical causes
* Neck-related headaches or dizziness
* Rheumatic pain
* Shoulder girdle pain
* Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis, arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck)
Britain’s Osteopaths provide over eight million consultations a year for problems like those above that may be related to musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Our expertise in treating people in pain and other problems is sought by people of all ages and occupations.
Some osteopaths also see adults, teenagers, babies and children with problems other than musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Our patients report improvements in many other symptoms other than the areas above, where osteopathy is known to help.
Osteopathic treatment using techniques in the cranial field may be used alongside other osteopathic techniques such as manipulation. Some patients report benefit from a purely cranial / indirect approach, and these techniques are often well tolerated by patients who find joint manipulation uncomfortable. This approach is often used as a treatment of choice for infants and children, pregnant women and mothers, the elderly and frail, but can be applied to anyone.
Visceral osteopathy, or osteopathic treatment of the internal organs, addresses alternative physical causes of health problems which may not directly result from misalignment of bones and joints, or tension in skeletal muscles. The Barral Institute has a list of published research on the benefits of visceral osteopathy, including a study on mobilisation of the kidney with diagnostic ultrasound (PDF).
Our osteopaths may have had experience of treating patients presenting with certain conditions who have improved following osteopathic treatment, please contact us for details.
Osteopathic treatment of children is a specialism of our osteopaths, whom have had extensive postgraduate training in paediatric osteopathy.
Osteopathy in the United Kingdom has been statutorily registered since 1993, osteopaths practising in the UK are required by law to hold current registration with the General Osteopathic Council. Registration means that the osteopath:
- Is a regulated health professional
- Is trained and qualified
- Is required to keep their knowledge and skills up to date
- Is required to have professional indemnity insurance
- Welcomes any feedback on the care provided and operates a complaints procedure.
We offer a professional service and hope your experience will be a good one, but if you are not satisfied in any way please direct your issues to reception in the first instance, or one of the osteopaths at the clinic, either verbally or in writing. If you are not satisfied with the outcome you can contact the Institute of Osteopathy on 01582 488455, or if you are still not satisfied, contact the General Osteopathic Council, 176 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3LU.