Osteopathy is a treatment modality for problems arising in muscles and joints. It is complimentary to main-stream medicine, and involves the physical manipulation of muscles and joints, and instructing patients in rehabilitation exercises.
Osteopathy was recognised as an Allied Health Profession by the NHS in 2017; meaning that Osteopaths are held the same high professional standard as other treatment modalities including physiotherapy.
Osteopaths are expected to work towards evidence based treatment plans, that follow the guidelines of care set by their regulator, the General Osteopathic Council, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Although Osteopathy has been around since the 1870’s, it is a modern profession, always seeking to be more effective, and utilising the latest evidence-base. It’s a large part of an osteopath’s job to stay informed of the latest developments in the field of pain management, and to bring those advances to their patients in a clinical setting.
Being an Osteopath is a caring profession, and we make sure we select practitioners for our clinic who only have our patient’s best interests at heart. It’s important to consider a patient’s lifestyle when assessing their biomechanics; do they have children or someone else at home they need to take care of? Does playing their sport help to support their mental health? Do they need to be out of pain in order to go to work?
When your practitioner understands your goals, they carefully consider these things in your treatment plan, and do their very best to help you to be pain-free quickly.
Osteopaths use a variety of techniques at work; soft tissue massage and stretching techniques, joint mobilisation and manipulation, as well as rehabilitation exercises to help their patients recover strength and reform their movement patterns. It’s important that your Osteopath takes this approach, because while evidence suggests manual therapy techniques are effective in short term pain relief for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, proper rehabilitation exercise is required for longer term progress and pain prevention.
Your Sutton Coldfield Osteopath isn’t just here for you when you’re in acute pain. It is our belief that there is no human body that doesn’t feel better for having a regular tune up. Recurring aches and pains can be managed well with regular maintaining treatments. Our practitioners empower their patients to take the lead in the timing of their treatments; there’s no hard sell here. Come to the clinic as sparsely, or as often as you like, and let our practitioners gently steer your body into good working order.