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All Osteopaths must complete a minimum of four years full time training and be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. They are bound by a strict code of conduct and confidentiality. Osteopaths must also carry out at least 30 hours of continuing professional development each year.


The British Medical Association's guide for G.P's states that Doctors can safely recommend patients to an osteopath for back pain. Osteopathy is recommended for lower back pain by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Osteopathic training

Osteopathy is a gentle treatment, suitable for all ages. It is used to treat pain, and musculo-skeletal conditions arising from faults in the body framework. These faults are usually caused by injury, stress, tension or wear and tear, and may have built up over a long period of time. If allowed to accumulate, they can start to affect our general state of health and quality of life. Chronic pain is often associated with depression, anxiety and poor sleep.


Osteopaths use their highly trained sense of touch to diagnose and treat these faults, helping to relieve pain and rebalance the body to allow it to return to normal, efficient functioning as quickly as possible. When our body is working properly, we feel better, are able to resume our normal work and activities, and enjoy an improved quality of life.


Our treatments are tailor-made to the individual. Two patients may present with pain in a similar site but the causes may be very different. Our osteopaths will adapt their treatment techniques to suit every individual's needs. The number of treatments will depend on the diagnosis and how complicated and long standing the problem. Some people only need one or two sessions, others may need more. (see our Useful Advice). Most of our patients notice some improvement in symptoms after the first treatment.

Osteopathy - what is it?

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Prevention is better than cure, and it is better to consult an osteopath before pain becomes severe. Our osteopaths aim to minimise stresses and strains on the joints and discs to help prevent problems from developing. You do not have to be experiencing pain; many patients attend maintenance appointments to prevent recurring pain. Early treatment is advisable and may mean a quicker recovery and return to work.


Part of our job is to explain, reassure and advise. If you are unsure what treatment is needed or if osteopathy is right for you, please ask to speak to one of our osteopaths.

When to consult an Osteopath

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