What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of primary healthcare that can diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions using a patient-centered approach.
Osteopaths consider the structure and function of your body and that your health depends on the joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues all working in harmony with one another. At Four Health Osteopathy we also consider how other aspects of your life play a part in your health and that no single part of your body acts in isolation. It is important for us to have an understanding of your psychological and emotional state, your nutritional health and your social interactions with others as these can all play a part in your general health and wellbeing.
Touch, physical manipulation, articulation, massage and stretching of the tissues and joints are used by an osteopath to help restore a state of balance in order to encourage your bodies own healing capabilities. At Four Health we also consider x-rays, MRI’s and other scans and medical results when required to aid us with your diagnosis and treatment.
Osteopaths treat people of all ages and from a wide range of backgrounds, including sports enthusiasts, musicians and performance artists, office workers, manual workers and pregnant women, to name but a few.
As osteopaths are primary care providers you will not need a referral from your doctor, however, when necessary and appropriate an osteopath will work closely with your GP and other healthcare providers with your full consent. At Four Health Osteopathy we also see patients with private health insurance.
The title ‘osteopath’ is regulated and protected. It is against the law for someone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). In order to be registered with the GOsC an osteopath has to have completed a 4 year masters level degree course from a recognised institution. All of the osteopaths at Four Health Osteopathy are fully registered with the GOsC and hold high-level professional indemnity insurance.
An osteopath may be able to help alleviate symptoms arising from a wide range of conditions. Click here for a list of treatable conditions.