Everything You Need to Know About Osteopathy

At Widney House Clinic, we are passionate about using holistic methods to help our clients feel like their best and most healthy selves, including Osteopathy.

So, What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a non-surgical, non-invasive form of physical therapy which can be used to help treat a wide variety of different conditions, from joint pain to muscle aches and a whole host of other conditions in between. Osteopaths use massage, stretching and movement of the muscles and joints to help make sure your musculoskeletal system is functioning as well as possible. 

What Can an Osteopath Treat?

While osteopathy is most commonly known as a way to treat back pain, there are actually many different conditions that osteopathy can help to treat, including:

  • Neck pain and headaches.
  • Joint pain all over the body.
  • Digestive conditions.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Sports injuries.

This isn’t an exhaustive list either, as osteopaths take a holistic approach to help improve your well being. This is also the main difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath - while the two treatment processes might seem very similar in some ways, chiropractors are more focused on the joints and the spine, while osteopaths generally focus on the body as a whole.

Is Osteopathy Safe?

Absolutely! Osteopathy is recognised by the NHS as an allied health profession (not an alternative medicine). This means that all osteopaths in the UK have to follow certain regulations set out by the General Osteopathic Council, and have the same status as other allied health professionals like paramedics, radiographers, physiotherapists and more. The General Osteopathic Council regulates osteopaths all over the UK to ensure that osteopaths are practising safely, securely and with the highest regard for patient well being.

At Widney House Clinic, our osteopathic team are fully registered with the GOsC, which means they have received additional medical training around anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and other relevant skills to their work.

To find out more about Osteopathy, how it can help and whether osteopathy is the right choice for you, please get in touch with the team at Wideny House Clinic, where we’ll be able to help you find a solution that makes sense for you.


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