What is an Osteopath?

Training and Regulation

What is an Osteopath?

Osteopaths are regulated healthcare professionals just like doctors, midwives and nurses are. Osteopathy is highly regarded.

Osteopaths use a patient focused and hands on approach to restoring, maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing.

Osteopathy can treat or help a range of problems including back pain, neck pain, muscle aches, joint problems and more.


How osteopaths do their work

As an osteopath, I will keenly observe and feel how your body moves. I’ll follow that with any medical assessment and orthopaedic examinations needed in order to come to a diagnosis of what is causing or contributing to your pain.

Then we can discuss what kind of treatment would be best and will help you regain an improved state of health.

I will offer you no nonsense treatment with my hands, practical and realistic lifestyle, ergonomics, exercise and dietary advice to help you recover faster.

If you need referral to another kind of healthcare provider, I will arrange this and work with them to get you better faster.  I work cooperatively with many different healthcare providers, including GPs, consultants, physiotherapists, podiatrists and chiropodists.


What is involved?

I will ask you questions, consider your lifestyle, and use skilled touch, clinical examination, orthopaedic testing and other techniques to figure out what is going on. Then I’ll discuss a plan of action and any alternatives with you, before you decide if you’d like to go ahead.  All treatment techniques are gentle and effective and are aimed at reducing pain and restoring your body’s ability to function at its best.


Registration Requirements

Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council and must have studied at a validated institution from four to five years in an intensive course similar to medical degrees and which also covers manipulative techniques.

Osteopaths must also complete two years of supervised practice as part of their training, and they must be cleared by the Home Office Criminal Records Bureau.  They must also do continuing professional development every year.

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