How can osteopathy benefit you?
OSTEOPATHS TREAT A WIDE variety of common conditions including postural problems caused by driving, work or pregnancy, repetitive strain injury, back, neck and shoulder pain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.
Osteopathy is a method of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living. Using a combination of both osteopathic and conventional diagnostic techniques, treatment is based on mobilising the patient using tailored manipulative procedures and guidance on exercise, diet and lifestyle. A holistic approach emphasises the integration of the musculoskeletal system with other body systems and how the impaired function of each has an influence on the rest of the body; the aim of this understanding is to empower the patient to assist their recovery to good health.
Osteopaths are increasingly working alongside GPs and other healthcare professionals to provide treatment both privately and through the NHS. Most patients visit the Purbeck Practice of their own accord but an increasing number are referred by their doctor. In turn, we are trained to recognise when osteopathy will not help a medical condition and will refer a patient to a GP when necessary.
- A Medical Research Council trial in 2004 comparing treatment options for lower back pain found that spinal manipulation – alongside traditional GP care – is both clinically effective and cost-efficient.
- In 2006, the Department of Health published guidelines which recognised that musculoskeletal disorders can often be resolved quickly and effectively by treatments such as osteopathy and advocated the establishment of multidisciplinary clinical assessment services.
- In May 2009, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidance on the treatment of non-specific low back pain. ‘Recommendations in Low back pain: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain’ advocated manual therapy – as practised by osteopaths – including spinal manipulation, mobilisation and massage for patients who “have been in pain for longer than six weeks but less than one year, where pain may be linked to structures in the back such as joints, muscles and ligaments.”
The National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR) was established as an independent research body for osteopathy in 2003. The NCOR aims to improve the osteopathic evidence base by fostering research, increase research capacity and capability within the osteopathic profession and raise the profile of osteopathic research findings.
You’re in safe hands
By law all osteopaths practising in the UK must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council which promotes and develops the profession of osteopathy, and maintains a rigorously-enforced register of practitioners.
Your osteopath, Marcus Davis, undertook a five-year honours degree programmes underpinned by thorough clinical training and he remains committed to a lifelong system of mandatory Continuing Professional Development.