Osteopathy concentrates on the musculo-skeletal system, (that is the bones, muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues of the body) and the way in which this inter-relates with the body as a whole.
Osteopaths diagnose and treat faults that occur because of injury, stress, and disease to enable the musculo-skeletal system to work as efficiently as possible, allowing the body to restore itself to as normal a function as possible
After treatment, Osteopaths can advise on maintaining a realistic level of health. For example, remedial exercises to adjust posture, or advice on diet can be given as part of a personal health care programme.
Most people believe that Osteopaths treat backs, sciatica, slipped discs, and sports injuries. Of course that is true, but they are often surprised to learn that there are many other conditions that respond very well to Osteopathic treatment.
We can advise patients when we find conditions that are not amenable to Osteopathic treatment, and refer them either back to their GPs, or on to the relevant Consultant Specialist if required. Also when necessary, we are able to request X-rays, MRI and ultra-sound scans, and other modern diagnostic tests, though these are only available privately, not on the NHS.
What can we treat?
The Winchmore Clinic of Osteopathy has four registered osteopaths. We work closely, sharing each other’s case notes if necessary, and often inter-referring. A high percentage of our new patients are referred by local GP’s and also Hospital Consultants.