Osteopathy is a manual therapy which is based on the teachings and philosophy of Dr Andrew Taylor Still. He devised a system in the 1800's of manipulation techniques known as Osteopathy (Osteo means bone and pathos means disease) to rebalance the body, improve joint mobility and allow the proper function of the internal organs.
Osteopaths are known as "back specialists" but we treat from head to toe. Osteopaths do not treat the symptoms but restore function to the areas that are causing the symptoms. Osteopaths work on the neuro musculo skeletal system working on the muscles and joints. Treatment is patient centred and is different for every patient. Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating the patient as a whole rather than focussing on one system or body part.
Osteopathy is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. On occasion when osteopathic treatment would not be appropriate we would refer you back to your GP.
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated and registered by the General Osteopathic Council. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless registered with the General Osteopathic Council which sets the standards of competence, conduct and safety.
Generalised aches and pains
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine
frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck
Circulatory problems / Cramp
Inability to relax
Patients have found osteopathic treatment useful for other conditions not listed.
For further advice please call us on 01483 284333
Brent graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2002 and has been in full time practice ever since. He lived and worked for some years in West Yorkshire where he worked in private practice and within the NHS. He has for the past 7 years been working full time at Central London Osteopathy in Old Street in central London. He comes from a musical background and for many years prior to becoming an Osteopath was a professional violinist working extensively in London and throughout Europe.
Brent has a wide variety of osteopathic experience and interests from treating babies using cranial osteopathy through to Structural techniques. He has treated patients from 5 days old to 106 years old.
After 14 years in practice he is still stimulated by osteopathic practice. He particularly enjoys helping patients with complex problems which are difficult to resolve. He will often work in conjunction with other treatment modalities and practitioners. Brent is a registered provider with most of the major private health insurance companies.Contact
You will need to be examined properly. This may require removal of some of your clothing. Please let us know if you are uncomfortable about this. We can usually accommodate. You may bring a t shirt and some shorts to change into before your assessment if you prefer. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout the consultation should you wish.
You do not need a doctor's referral prior to seeing an Osteopath. Many patients do seek out our help after following their GP's advice. Most patients self refer for Osteopathic treatment.
It may require more than one treatment session to resolve an issue. Some patients may only require one visit while others may require more. Your progress will be reviewed at each subsequent visit. The amount of treatment required is determined by progression. We certainly aim to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.
Osteopathic is usually very gentle but manipulating and stretching an area may be uncomfortable. We aim to make our patients as comfortable as possible during treatment. Should a technique be too painful we would stop and go about things in a different manner.