Combined Osteopathy & Acupuncture
(Acupuncture is optional & at no extra charge)
Osteopathy is typically performed immediately after the Acupuncture, maximising on the benefits of both treatments.
In a simple example of say - low back pain and stiffness. - The local overly tight lumbar muscles are needled to relax them and to stimulate the release of pain relieving & 'feel good' hormones, as well as stimulating the local circulation to assist in the drainage of inflammatory components (cause of pain) and assist healing. This then gives a greater chance of being able to release the stiff joints underlying the problem.
Is a safe and natural approach to health care, treating individuals for health problems from birth to the pain of arthritis of 'the third age'. From the cradle to the rocking chair, as it were.
Osteopaths consider the body as the physical aspect of the whole person, rather than merely a structure to protect and support the vital organs. It is a 'hands on' approach using a highly trained sense of touch to examine and identify minor dysfunctions within the body. Treatment is focussed on the underlying dysfunction (where possible), rather than just treating the symptoms. Just rubbing the sore bit rarely works! Improving the function of the dysfunctional areas, optimises the body's ability to heal itself and relief from the symptoms usually follows.
A wide range of approaches may be used including:- soft tissue massage & stretch, passive joint movement and manipulation techniques. For the treatment of the new born and young children cranial osteopathy is usually the treatment of choice. This approach is also referred to as cranio-sacral osteopathy or craniosacral therapy.
Osteopathy is not a quick fix, despite often giving some immediate relief of acute symptoms. If advised, it is wise to have some further treatments to address the underlying problems and reduce the risk of the problem returning.
Everyone is treated as an individual and it is the person that is treated, rather than a condition. This is keeping with the holistic way of the original classical osteopaths of old. The very young or old would be treated using the cranial osteopathic approach & the more robust & younger may be offered the choice of the use of manipulation, as appropriate. This involves the releasing or 'clicking' of joints for which osteopaths are known. 'Clicks' from the spine are from the separation of the 2 surfaces of the small synovial joints called facet joints at the rear of the spine. Mechanically this is similar to pulling on a finger and the knuckle joint releasing with a click.
Legal Status of UK Registered Osteopaths
Since the Osteopath's Act '93 osteopaths have been recognised as Primary Health Care Practitioners. That means that Osteopaths are educated to and on a medico-legal par with doctors & dentists.
This also means that;
- Osteopathy is recognised as a discrete discipline by the British Medical Association.
- Osteopaths asses & diagnose according to osteopathic principles, although any medical tests (i.e. X-ray, MRI reports, bone density, blood test results, etc.) you may have had or medication you are taking will be important information for your best care. Please bring these with you!
- You do not need to be referred by your doctor you can simply call to make an appointment. If you have private health insurance, then check with them first as a few still insist on a GP referral/consent.
- In some areas you can be referred for osteopathic treatment on the NHS, so check with your GP.
- Osteopaths can provide a 'sick note' if considered to be appropriate.
- An osteopath can provide a detailed osteopathic report i.e. in cases of litigation due to a whiplash incident in a road traffic accident, work related injury, i.e. RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), etc.
- Your doctor should not 'officially' disapprove of osteopathic treatment, but we're all entitled to our own opinion.
- If your osteopath considers that you would be better helped by orthodox medicine then they will refer you to your GP or elsewhere for further medical tests/investigations.
- All osteopaths are now registered with the General Osteopathic Council, as it is now a mandatory requirement in the UK to practice under the name of an osteopath, to practice osteopathy or claim to use osteopathic techniques.