History of Osteopathy
Osteopathy was founded by a medical doctor Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. Back then medicine was very crude and often did more harm than good. A T Still created a healthcare system that took a holistic approach to treating people and offered a real alternative to the allopathic methods of the time.
140 years later, Osteopathy is going from strength to strength. In the UK Osteopaths must train for 4-5 years to Integrated Masters Degree level and keep up their skills and knowledge every year through Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide 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 posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.
Source: British Osteopathic Association
Osteopath: How Does It Work
We treat the body as a whole, however we do see patients come to us with common complaints such as:
There are many more conditions we may be able to help with.