Osteopathic medicine is a system of health care based on the premise that disease is the result of the relationship between anatomical structure and physiological function. Structure and function are considered interdependent and a normally functioning musculoskeletal system plays an important role in wellness, disease prevention and recover.
Osteopathy originated in America through the work of Andrew Taylor Still.
Over the years the practice of osteopathy has become modernised and new advancements have been made.Science based research studies often in conjunction with other medical disciplines have validated and continue to validate the profession which has contributed to the system of care we see today.
Osteopathy is well recognised in todays society as a safe and effective approach to healthcare. The clinic offers 3 fully registered osteopaths who have undergone a 4 year degree course before being accepted on the register for the General Osteopathic Council.
It is now a legal requirement to register and have adequate individual insurance which has been an important factor in making our profession safer and easier for the general public to use.
Most private health insurers acknowledge and cover osteopathy as part of their policy. Should you be part of such a scheme please contact them before arranging an appointment or discuss it with our reception staff.
What to expect
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. On your first visit, the osteopath will spend time taking a detailed medical history including important information about your lifestyle and diet. You will normally be asked to undress to your underwear and perform a series of simple movements. This will allow a full diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs.
With their hands osteopaths identify abnormalities within the human structure and function. They then facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself through a variety of stretching, mobilizing and manipulative techniques. With added exercises and health advice, osteopaths help to reduce the symptoms and improve your health and quality of life.
Your osteopath should make you feel at ease and communicate what s/he is doing. Do ask questions at anytime during your consultation if you are unsure.