What is Osteoapthy?
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:
Back pain
Neck pain
Shoulder and arm problems
Pelvis, hip and leg problems
Sports injuries
Arthritic pains

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 an appointment.