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What Is Osteopathy? Everything You Need To Know

If you often find yourself complaining about aches and pains, did you know that there is something you can do to help it, without taking medication or having surgery? You no longer need to just ignore the pain, instead, you can get alternative treatments which can be just as effective, without the invasiveness. Osteopathy is the way forward… but what is osteopathy? Here we discuss everything you need to know about osteopathy so that you can make an informed decision if this is the best route for you or someone you know. 

What Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an alternative treatment to pain, which works by utilising massage therapies, physical manipulation and stretches on the muscles and joints. A skilled osteopath can diagnose conditions as well as refer you for further medical tests if necessary. They treat a whole host of conditions including, but not limited to, general back pain, neck pain, sports injuries and arthritis. 

There’s also cranial osteopathy available which is incredibly popular and this is carried out by gently massaging the skull. 

How Does Osteopathy Work?

Rather than conventionally healing the body, osteopathy works by restoring the body back to a state of natural balance, correcting structural imbalances. By increasing blood flow, improving joint flexibility and relieving muscle tension, it kickstarts the body’s natural healing process. This isn’t an overnight fix-all treatment and it does take time, however it can be worth it if for example, traditional medications are causing more harm than good with side effects. 

How Often Should You Visit An Osteopath?

There is no one size fits all answer to this question, as it completely depends on your personal circumstances and symptoms. However, the general rule of thumb is that nine sessions are required which usually is enough time to provide treatment for a whole host of conditions. Of course, your osteopath will advise and recommend how many sessions will be suitable for you during your first session. 

Is Osteopathy Painful?

Osteopathy shouldn’t be painful as it is a relatively gentle form of treatment. After treatment, a small amount of discomfort may be felt which is completely natural and a sign of good healing beginning to take place. However, if you do experience pain during or after a session, you should notify and discuss this with your osteopath straight away so that this can be investigated. 

Is Osteopathy safe?

As a regulated health profession in the UK, it’s completely safe and can be a great option for those looking for less invasive pain prevention and relief techniques. Each and every Osteopath must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and go through extensive 4 years long training and checks to be issued with a licence to practice. Therefore, you know that you’re in safe hands whilst receiving osteopathic treatment. 

Despite GP’s occasionally referring patients for osteopathy, you do not need a doctor’s referral to be able to visit an osteopath for a session. If you feel you may need to visit an osteopath, you can book in with us online.

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