Osteopaths are often referred to as BACK
specialists and a large part of our time is spent
successfully treating patients with back pain.
However by its holistic nature, Osteopaths do
not just treat the area with symptoms but the
whole body and therefore are just as skilled at
assessing a shoulder or a knee as they are your
back as to us it is inextricably linked.
Osteopaths essentially treat pain and dysfunction
and are extensively trained to assess and treat any
age from children to the elderly and from
Pregnant women to sports professionals.
The most common complaints are:
Shoulder and arm problems
Pelvis, hip and leg problems
Professionalism and patient safety
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 osteopathic techniques.
By law, osteopaths must register with
the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
The British Medical Association’s guidance for
general practitioners states that doctors can safely
refer patients to osteopaths.
Do you need to see your doctor first?
No, you do not need to see your doctor first if you
are paying for your own treatment. However, some
insurance companies require you to see your doctor
first, please check with your insurer before booking