About Osteopathy and Osteopaths
About osteopathy – osteopathy is a safe and effective manual therapy which focuses on the musculo-skeletal system of the body. Osteopathy is a holistic therapy, meaning that Osteopaths don’t look at the symptomatic area in isolation but consider how the body works as a whole and how lifestyle may be influencing this.
“Osteopaths are pain detectives!”
For example if you come to us complaining of a painful knee, one of our Osteopaths will initially diagnose and treat your knee problem, but we will also be asking ourselves ‘why is this problem occurring?’ We may want to examine your feet, hips and low back, and find out about your job, hobbies…even your footwear, as all these things may hold clues to your symptoms.
Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch (proprioception) that allows us to diagnose problems by identifying areas of stress and dysfunction in the joints, muscles and soft tissues of the body.
We believe that if joints and muscles are not moving freely, blood and nerve supply are reduced and it becomes harder for the body to repair itself. By optimising the body’s function we allow your natural healing to take place.
Osteopathy is a hands-on, drug free therapy. We use manual techniques like joint mobilisation, soft tissue stretching, massage and ‘HVT’ to encourage movement and flexibility in restricted joints and muscles.
As well as using massage for soft tissue release, we have a range of techniques we can use to encourage mobility in restricted joints. High velocity thrusts, or ‘HVT’ is the one that most people remember which results in a popping sound from the joint. Treatment is safe and we will always discuss the treatment plan with you to ensure you are comfortable.
All Osteopaths must be registered, just like doctors and nurses. Our governing body is the General Osteopathic Council. https://www.osteopathy.org.uk/home/
Osteopaths study for at least 4 years for a degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice. We are constantly updating and expanding our knowledge by undertaking at least 30 hours per year of continuing professional development.
For further information on Osteopathy and its history visit the Institute of Osteopathy website. https://www.iosteopathy.org/
Thanks for reading about osteopathy and osteopaths. We hope you have found this information useful.
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Hi there!I'm Kate and I'm going to be back at the Plympton Osteopathic Clinic offering appointments from the end of July.I've spent some time working in a large health clinic in Munich, Germany where I've been able to enjoy learning with a fabulous bunch of...