We are registered and insured Osteopaths and are governed by the General Osteopathic Council.
The British Medical Association’s guidance for GP states that doctors can safely refer patients to Osteopaths. However, you do not need a referral to see us and we are happy to give you an initial free consultation to review your health problem.
Our four-year degree to become a registered Osteopath is initially similar to a medical student. Our course also covers the study of Osteopathic philosophy, concepts and techniques. Throughout the final 2 ½ years, we have extensive hands-on experience working with patients under supervision in the college clinic to finally achieve a BSc. Degree in Osteopathy.
Every qualified Osteopath must continue to develop their skills through Continuous Professional Development (CPD) throughout their career.
When your body has been treated for the first time you may experience some aches the next day, similar to those felt after doing sports or exercise. This is due to the body starting to work in a new way and muscles that may have been stiff for a long time.
You may notice old injuries flaring up briefly, as the body aims to resolve them. Future treatments will further this recovery of health.
The initial visit involves taking a case history that includes details of any current problems, previous episodes of pain or discomfort as well as a full medical history, detailing any accidents, illnesses or operations. This gives us an understanding of which structures could be under strain and what other health issues may need addressed. We will also look at your spine and general movement to assess its quality and any particular areas of restriction.
We may also do clinical examinations of the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems, including checking reflexes and power, ophthalmology, blood pressure and urine. This visit will take 45 minutes.