What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a broad range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on nutrition and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. "General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)"
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What can osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
Listed below are the types of conditions osteopaths can treat.
Hand and elbow pain (tennis elbow & golfers elbow)
Foot and ankle pain
Driving and workplace pain
Stomach/IBS related pain
Osteopaths are also trained to check for signs of serious conditions they cannot treat. In these circumstances, they should inform you of what they believe is the problem and refer you to see your GP or hospital for further investigations. "Institute of Osteopathy"
What is the difference between osteopathy, physiotherapy and chiropractic?
Each profession share many similarities. We all have protected titles to ensure therpaists cannot call themselves an Osteopath, Physiotherapist or Chiropractor without completing relevant training (university based education).
The main difference is that we each follow different philosophies. However, the professions are overlapping more and more. It is important to find a practitioner that you trust and work well with. All practitioners aim to return you back to good health. You may just have a slightly different journey with each.
Which insurers cover osteopathic treatments?
Osteopathy is recognised by most private health insurers.
All insurance policies vary. If you have opted to include osteopathy within your policy, it should state the limit per treatment.
I am recognised by the following providers:
Aviva, AXA PPP, Cigna, Vitality Health and WPA.