Osteopathy & Rehabilitation

Osteopaths in the UK are required by law to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which is their statutory regulator body (similar to GPs having to register with the BMA – British Medical Association).

Osteopathy is a primary health care profession with around 30000 people currently consulting osteopaths every working day in the UK.

Osteopaths study 4 years full time for an undergraduate degree that is similar to a medical degree with emphasis on musculoskeletal medicine.

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions. It is a drug free and a holistic manual approach.

It is based on the principle that the wellness of an individual is associated to his/her joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues functioning harmoniously together.

When an individual experiences prolonged negative stress, injuries and any serious or long term disturbances; the body’s function is affected. By working on the framework of the body, osteopaths believe they positively affect the healing mechanism of the body promoting tissue repair, health and wellbeing.

Indeed, osteopathic treatments are aimed at:

  • Reducing pain
  • Helping heal and repair tissues
  • Improving mobility
  • Enhancing fluid circulation
  • Affecting positively the nervous system
  • Rebalancing inadequate muscle tension
  • Increasing muscle strength
  • Improving posture
  • Promoting health

In this context, the osteopath’s role is one of stimulating the self-healing mechanism of the patient. Hence, the patient is at the centre of the treatment and is active in his/her health’s restoration.

Furthermore, osteopaths consider that the body is a unit: parts of the body work in relation to each other and in relation to the whole. Hence, if one part is not functioning properly other parts will become dysfunctional; therefore the person as a whole will be out of balance. Thus osteopaths have a strong interest in understanding the underlying cause (s) of the symptoms.