Here’s an explanation from our principle Enfield Osteopath Glen Daniels.
“Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine, which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths classically treat the person and not the condition, we recognise the fact that everybody is an individual and as such treatment is tailed to their specific needs. The human body has an innate ability to heal, osteopaths aim to unlock your own bodies healing potential by removing barriers to health. Osteopathic healthcare is suitable for all ages, people see an osteopath for neck/back pain, headache, arthritic pain, mobility issues, joint problems, sports injuries as well as for general wellbeing. The treatment is hands on and includes soft tissue massage, stretching, movement, mobilisation and joint manipulation.”
Osteopathy is so effective at resolving aches, pains and injuries, because it looks at the source of your problem; not just at the problem itself. Osteopaths are also trained to recognise when and if further diagnostic tests such as blood work or MRI scans are needed. If such tests are required we can refer you to your GP or private diagnostic centre.
Your first consultation will involve a discussion regarding your ailment(s), an extensive medical history and physical assessment. You can expect your practitioner to explain to you what they considers to be the cause of the problem, what treatment he intends to do, and to outline your treatment plan. At GD Osteopathy & Sports Massage, unless your condition requires an immediate medical referral, an extensive and effective treatment is always offered on the first visit.
Osteopathy, Chiropractic or Physiotherapy?
These are the three main state regulated professions that deal with musculoskeletal pain. All practitioners will be legally registered, insured and have to complete an on-going professional development program. In reality the type and style of treatment is practitioner based rather than therapy based; however there are a few common differences.
Osteopathy and chiropractic medicine stem from the same source, however chiropractic treatment tends to focus on spinal manipulation, shorter treatments and more frequent sessions.
Physiotherapy tends to incorporate a lot more electronic treatment aids and exercise prescription. There is often a little less training in musculoskeletal medicine and hands on treatment.