Osteopathy

Clare Kersley – Osteopathy and Therapeutic Massage – Bexhill, East Sussex

What Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems. It is based on the belief that your health and well-being depend on your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, connective tissues, nerves, circulation and internal organs all working well and in balance together. Any strains or imbalances which affect your structure will also affect how you function and how you feel.

Osteopaths believe that your body is capable of self-healing and self-regulation, given the right conditions. An injury or other problem with your musculoskeletal framework can disturb those conditions. Osteopathy works with you to help restore balance, reduce strain and optimise the conditions for your body to heal itself.

What Do Osteopaths Do?

Osteopaths are healthcare professionals. We are trained to recognise and treat many causes of discomfort and restricted movement. We work to relieve pain, increase mobility, ease muscle tension and improve blood and nerve supply to tissues. Osteopaths work with you to boost your body’s own self-healing mechanisms.

I have a variety of treatment approaches available to me; which one I choose very much depends on what will be most beneficial for you. My treatment techniques range from manipulation and articulation of the spine and other joints, to stretching and massage of soft tissues and muscles. I also work with the more gentle and subtle cranial osteopathic approach.

Osteopathy is patient-centred. In other words, your treatment is tailored to you as an individual. By considering not just your symptoms but also your medical history, your lifestyle and your personal circumstances, I can choose the most appropriate treatment techniques for you and offer the best advice for your rehabilitation.

Osteopathic Training

As an osteopath, I studied for five years for my undergraduate degree. I covered anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, sports injuries, biomechanics and clinical methods. This is similar to a medical degree but with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine rather than pharmacology. The degree course included more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. Since qualification, there has been strong emphasis on continuing professional development.

Professionalism and Regulation

In 1993, the profession was given statutory recognition under the Osteopath’s Act. This led to the opening of the statutory Register of osteopaths by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC. The GOsC sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. Only those practitioners able to show that they are safe and competent are permitted onto the Register.

Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year with the GOsC. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that we have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.

Osteopaths treat much more than you think…

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder problems
  • Arthritic pain
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Tennis elbow

…and more.

Osteopaths treat people of all ages, shapes and sizes, from all walks of life. If you are not sure whether osteopathy is right for you then please give me a call.

Did You Know That…

  • Osteopaths have been successfully treating patients for over 100 years?
  • There are 4,600 osteopaths in the UK, carrying out more than 7,000,000 treatments each year?
  • NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend manipulative therapies including osteopathy for the treatment of low back pain?

Last updated: March 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

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