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Osteopathy FAQS


What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of primary healthcare that uses an established recognised system of diagnosis and treatment with its main emphasis is on the structural integrity of the body. It is a hands-on therapy that can be administered to most Musculo-skeletal problems for pain management, postural correction and rehabilitation. Osteopathy is a catalyst for healing using the body’s innate and profound ability to maintain and heal itself.

Osteopathy is soundly based on scientific principles of anatomy, physiology and pathology and uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis to detect tissue pathology and damaged or strained parts of the body.  Its main strength lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment thus alleviating pain in tissues such as ligaments, nerves, muscles and joints. Osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body to regain and retain balance and enhance your wellbeing, where possible avoiding the use of drugs or surgery.

The latest research, current thinking and appropriate therapy is discussed with you this may be combined with other effective strategies which may include guidance on nutrition, lifestyle, environmental, health issues, postural and ergonomic advice, depending on what will be best to aid your recovery, reduce your pain for you to remain symptom free. Osteopathy treats the person and not just the symptoms.

These skills mean that your osteopath can make your body more balanced and efficient so it will function with the minimum of energy, stress, wear and tear thereby reducing pain and disability, leaving you with more energy for living, enabling you to reach your full potential.


What do osteopaths treat? Conditions treated

The care and treatment you receive is based on a full case history assessment and diagnosis of your symptoms. Osteopathy can benefit most people because it acts as a catalyst for self healing mechanism using the body’s innate and profound ability to maintain and heal itself. Osteopaths treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions pain, stiffness and injuries; although half the treatments are for back pain they also have successful results when treating a host of other conditions such as;


  • Diagnosed musculoskeletal conditions e.g. sciatica
  • Joint pain
  • Back and shoulder pain, neck ache
  • Pregnancy care, pre and post partum care
  • Peripheral joint pain e.g. knee, ankle
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Minor Sports injuries & post operative rehabilitation
  • Arthritic pain
  • Tension

     If you feel you are suffering from any of the above conditions please feel free to contact us  for an assessment and advice.

How many times will I have to see an osteopath?

There are many different reasons why people are in pain and each person has a different way of responding to it, the average number of visits is 3-6, sometimes less sometimes more and occasionally a maintenance programme is required. Our policy is if you do not respond to treatment we will discuss other alternatives and try to find a therapy that works for you and refer you appropriately

What happens when visiting an osteopath?

When you visit an osteopath for the first time a full case history is taken with discussion of your symptoms then a physical examination is performed, you will be asked to perform a series of simple movements. The osteopath uses palpation, highly developed sensitive touch to identify joint dysfunction neural integrity, any points of weakness or tissue strain throughout the body. Once a safe working diagnosis of your problem has been established treatment will be offered. The first treatment will last about 45 minutes including a lifestyle and medical history. This initial assessment allows a complete picture to be built of your individual needs. Subsequent treatments will last 30 minutes and involve a range of treatment techniques again depending on your individual requirements.

Each patient is unique and we treat you with this in mind when forming management strategies. The osteopath on occasions may need additional investigations such as a blood test or x-ray this will allow a full diagnosis, suitable treatment and a management plan to be developed specifically for you.


Treatment Methods

Depending on your condition and with your consent, treatment may consist of one or more of the following approaches:

  • Muscle resistance procedures to release muscle tension
  • Rhythmic articulation and joint manipulation to restore joint mobility
  • Massage and pumping to improve fluid dynamics to restore tissue health
  • Myo-fascial work and stretching to restore normal tissue length and structure
    • Ultrasound, interferential stimulation and acupuncture (trigger point needling)   may also be used as an adjunct to osteopathic treatment in the management of sports injuries to ease your pain, reduce swelling and improve mobility and form.


Osteopathy management promotes your body to self-heal in order to achieve complete body balance aiming for you to remain pain and symptom free, and to get you back to optimal health and performance to carry out the functions that are demanded in either your professional or sporting activities or day to day lives, therefore the exercises and advice given are an important part of this process.

Is osteopathy regulated?

In the UK, patients visiting an osteopath have the same rights as any patient visiting a doctor or dentist. The general osteopathic council regulates, promotes and develops the profession of osteopathy, maintaining a statutory register of those entitled to practise osteopathy. Only practitioners meeting the academic criteria and the highest standards of safety and competence are eligible to join this register. In addition professional indemnity insurance cover is required for registration.

What qualifications do osteopaths have?

Osteopaths undertake 4 -5 years honour degree programme underpinned by thorough clinical training and are required to perform regular CPD like other professionals to ensure evidence based treatment protocols and competence specialising in the musculoskeletal system.

Osteopathic Corporate Care

Good healthcare policies and procedures increase the wellbeing and productivity of staff.Early care and management of back pain and other injuries contributes to quicker recoveries and fewer work days lost. Osteopathic treatment is widely known to be helpful in the treatment of back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries and is now a part of an integrated approach to healthcare supported by NHS initiatives.


The Body Balance Clinic can offer companies in the city of London and the local vicinity the following benefits:


  • Same day appointments for employees. We would aim to see acute patients the same day at our clinic or on site if required
  • Corporate discounts for employees. First appointment  45 minutes £40 (normally £50) and follow up appointments 30 minutes £40 (normally £45)
  • Office visits such as a morning a week for several employees


If you feel you or your company would benefit from osteopathy, please feel free to contact us for an assessment and advice or contact us as below.


Tracy Elroy

The Body Balance Clinic @ Fitness First

1 Broadgate Circle



0207 920 0192