Osteopathy East, 41 Mare Street, Cordwainer House, London, E8 4RP.
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About Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to reduce pain, address the underlying causes of symptoms.

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).

The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles are based on all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions.

Common symptoms treated by an Osteopath

Patients often consult an Osteopath for symptoms including:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tingling/Pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Loss of strength
  • Tension
  • Restricted mobility
  • Injury recovery

Common conditions treated by an Osteopath

Using the principles of Osteopathy, a wide range of conditions can be treated, including:

  • Lower back pain & upper back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand problems
  • Pelvis, hip, buttock, thigh, knee, leg, ankle and foot problems
  • Disc injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle injury and muscle pain
  • RSI
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy related problems
  • Postural problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Headache
  • Jaw (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Sinusitis
  • Chest complaints
  • Stress and fatigue

Principles of Osteopathy

These are the eight major principles of Osteopathy and are widely taught throughout the international Osteopathic community.

  1. The body is a unit.
  2. Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related.
  3. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms.
  4. The body has the inherent capacity to defend and repair itself.
  5. When the normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self maintenance, disease may ensue.
  6. The movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health.
  7. The nerves play a crucial part in controlling the fluids of the body.
  8. There are somatic components to disease that are not only manifestations of disease, but also are factors that contribute to maintenance of the disease state.

When should you visit your Osteopath?

If you are experiencing…

  1. Back pain or neck pain last more than three days.
  2. Reoccurring episodes of pain or pain that does not fully resolve.
  3. Pain that is spreading away from the point of pain (e.g. Sciatic pain).
  4. You have reduced range of motion of the neck/ back/ limbs.
  5. Muscle spasms and pain caused with movement.
  6. Difficulty sleeping at night due to headaches/neck/back/limb pain.
  7. You want a general health and check up.