Effective Health Services in Central London 


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Osteopathy is a patient-centered system of healthcare. A first appointment generally lasts longer that subsequent appointments, to allow the osteopath adequate time to listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking and record this in your case notes. The information you will provide will be confidential.

Osteopathy is a healthcare profession that utilises a patient focused, physical approach to restoring, maintaining and promoting physical and psychosocial well being. Primarily treatments take the form of a manual therapy involving massage, mobilisation and spinal manipulation for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems. Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993 and may refer to conditions for which medical supervision should be sought if they hold convincing evidence of the efficacy of their treatments 

Following a review by CAP of the Bronfort et al Review in 2010, CAP accepts that osteopaths may claim to help a variety of medical conditions, including:

• generalised aches and pains, 
• joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
• arthritic pain, 
• general, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
• uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
• headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
• frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
• circulatory problems, 
• cramp, 
• digestion problems, 
• joint pains, lumbago, 
• sciatica, 
• muscle spasms, 
• neuralgia, 
• fibromyalgia, 
• inability to relax, 
• rheumatic pain, 
• minor sports injuries and tensions.

Benefits of osteopathic treatments
    • Patients of all ages can safely receive treatment
    • Identifies and treats the root cause of the problem thus reducing the possibility of a recurrence
    • Reduces pain and inflammation
    • Reduces stiffness and increases mobility
    • Improves stability of muscles and joints leaving them less prone to injury
    • Can release obstructions by realignment of the body to ensure good blood, nerve, and lymph supply
    • Non invasive and drug free
    • Encourages and engages the body's own healing mechanism


  • Use a holistic approach to treatment of injuries and illness to improve your overall health. The goal is to stimulate the natural healing processes present in our body.
  • Can provide advice on prevention activities and changes in lifestyle to improve general health, and reduce time and cost spent seeking medical care
  • May also address diet, stress reduction techniques, proper posture and breathing, proper lifting techniques, and stretching exercises

Techniques include

  • Massage and stretching to relax stiff muscles
  • Articulation, which involves stretching the joints to help them become more mobile
  • Manipulation - a technique most commonly used on your spine or joints. Your osteopath will make a short, high-velocity movement, and you may hear a clicking sound, which is normal.

Your osteopath might also give you advice on your diet and exercise. 

It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.

Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore or stiff in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns, it is import to contact the osteopath and ask their advice.