“An osteopath is only a human engineer, who should understand all the laws governing his engine and thereby master disease.”
Osteopathy is an established medical practice that has it’s origins steeped in the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology. One of the main principles of osteopathy is that structure governs function. So all osteopaths must have a detailed understanding of what we are made up of and how we work in order identify faults which may have occurred by injury or mechanical stress. This allows the osteopath to not only treat the symptoms but the underlying cause of the complaint. Assisting is key, as osteopathy enables a patient not only to become pain free, but also to move better so to prevent so many common ailment’s from re-occurring.
Osteopathy uses a combination of osteopathic soft tissue massage, joint mobilising and manipulation to treat a number of conditions. Stretching, strengthening or mobility exercises may also be prescribed as well as advice on posture, nutrition, ergonomics and lifestyle.
“Let us not be governed today by what we did yesterday, nor tomorrow by what we do today, for day by day we must show progress.”
—A T Still, founder of osteopathic medicine.
The term osteopath became legally protected in 1993 and only those who have met strict guidelines and standards can become registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and call themselves osteopaths. All our osteopaths are GOsC registered.
GOsC registered osteopaths have completed at least a four-year full time course at a recognised college of osteopathy, completing over 2000 hours of clinic based experience and developing expertise in musculo-skeletal medicine based on osteopathic principles. They are also committed to a minimum of 30 hours of professional development annually in order to ensure their skills and knowledge are up-to-date.