Osteopathy

Osteopathy Treatment Fort Dunlop, Birmingham

About Osteopathy

Osteopathy is an allied health profession and is recommended by the NHS for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions – including pain and injury to muscles, joints, nerves and associated tissues of the body. Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals and experts in the use of gentle, hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, improving mobility and optimising function.

  • Allied health profession

  • Recommended by the NHS

4 Stages Of Osteopathy

The osteopathic management of your health consists of four key stages.

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Diagnosis

Osteopaths are highly trained to diagnose a range of medical conditions that effect the musculoskeletal system. Osteopaths also refer for further investigations such as MRI scans and blood tests.

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Treatment

Osteopaths use a wide variety of gentle, hands-on techniques to promote health and help you overcome pain and injury. Techniques include massage and mobilisation of muscles and joints.

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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation involves the use of movements and exercises to ease pain and optimise function. Rehabilitation can include general exercise such as walking and more specific techniques.

Osteopathic Rehabilitation For Knee Pain

Lifestyle

Osteopathy involves the identification and modification of lifestyle factors that can effect a persons health. These lifestyle factors often include work, sports, nutrition and stress.

Osteopathy Treatment

Osteopaths use a wide variety of gentle, hands-on techniques to promote health and help you overcome pain and injury. Osteopathy treatment includes massage, mobilisation, manipulation and muscle energy technique. Click to find out more.

Massage used in the osteopathic context is called soft tissue manipulation. It is used to massage, manipulate and mobilise the bodies soft tissues – including muscles, tendons, nerves and fascia. Osteopathic soft tissue manipulation is similar to massage, but more focused to specific areas of the body with the aim of releasing tension and optimising movement and function.

Mobilisation is a technique applied to joints to encourage natural movement, described as physiological movement.  Mobilisation techniques are rhythmical and often used on the spine and other peripheral joints of the body. When joints loose there ability to move freely, it can lead to symptoms of pain, stiffness and headaches.

Osteopathic manipulation is a treatment technique applied to both muscles and joints. However, for the treatment of  joints, manipulation often results in an audible clicking sound. Joint manipulation is also known as high velocity low amplitude technique. You may be familiar with this technique if you have ever clicked your fingers.

Muscle energy technique is used to normalise the resting tone of muscles and tendons in the body. Muscle energy requires participation from the patient, via a contraction against the practitioners resistance. Muscle energy techniques are utilised for the treatment of muscles, joints, tendons and other soft tissues in the body.

How Can Osteopathy Help You?

Osteopathy can help you overcome these common aches, pains and injuries

Health Benefits Of Osteopathy

Osteopaths believe in assessing and treating the whole person, and not just focusing on the site of symptoms. For example, your osteopath will ask questions about past injury and lifestyle factors that may be relevant to your current complaint. Osteopaths consider three essential pillars to a persons health – biological health (body), psychological health (mind) and sociological health (spirit). Osteopaths are highly trained to help people according to these principles.

  • Assess & treat the whole person

  • Not just the site of symptoms

Book An Appointment

Book your osteopathy appointment using our booking system. Alternatively, talk to our practitioners on 0121 747 2802

Osteopath Mark Hutton

Mark Hutton is a registered osteopath and clinical sports therapist, specialising in osteopathy for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal complaints. Mark completed his masters degree at the University College of Osteopathy in London, and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and Institute of Osteopathy. Mark is an experienced practitioner who integrates a range of treatment and rehabilitation techniques; including massage and soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation, medical acupuncture and exercise rehabilitation. Mark has many years experience helping people overcome pain and injury such as low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and sports injury.

  • Registered with the General Osteopathic Council

  • M.Ost GOsC

Osteopathy FAQ’s

The osteopathic approach to a persons health is unique. This leads to curiosity and questions about osteopathy and the role of osteopaths. Below we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions we receive about osteopathy – we hope you find it helpful. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners. They’re highly trained healthcare practitioners who examine, diagnose and treat a range of health complaints, particularly those that affect the muscles, joints nerves and associated tissues of the body. Osteopaths complete between 4 and 5 years at university, including at least 1000 hours of clinical training. In order to use the title ‘osteopath’, by law practitioners must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council; the governing body for osteopaths in the UK. Osteopaths are required to provide a high standard of care to their patients as outlined in the osteopathic practice standards.

Both osteopaths and chiropractors are highly trained healthcare practitioners. Osteopaths use a variety of techniques described as osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OMT techniques include massage, manipulation, mobilisation and muscle energy techniques. Osteopaths also give advise on lifestyle including exercise and nutrition. Chiropractors focus primarily on manipulation of the spine using techniques that often result in a clicking sound. Chiropractors also advise on lifestyle. The major difference between osteopaths and chiropractors is the duration of appointments. Standard osteopathy appointments are typically 30-45 minutes, whilst standard chiropractic appointments are 10 – 20 minutes.

Osteopathy is one of the 14 Allied Health Professions; the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS. However, osteopathy is only funded by the NHS in certain parts of the country. In Birmingham and Solihull, people seeking osteopathic treatment must pay for their treatment privately or via a health insurance policy.

Osteopathy is regarded as a safe form of treatment although some people may experience mild soreness that lasts for 1 – 2 days. This is a normal response to treatment and will resolve naturally. Osteopathic treatment is rarely associated with serious side effects. However, a small number of people with underlying health issues are not suitable for manipulative techniques. In order to gain your consent to treatment your osteopath must inform you of the benefits and risks associated. They should also advise of alternative techniques and provide an opportunity to withdraw from treatment if at anytime you feel uncomfortable.

If you would like to learn more about osteopathy and osteopathic treatment, we highly recommend the following pages. The NHS has a helpful page about osteopathy including how its performed, safety and evidence. The General Osteopathic Council is the governing body for osteopathy in the UK, and has helpful information for patients regarding osteopathy and osteopathic treatment.