What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a drug free way of treating and preventing health problems by detecting areas of your body that are not functioning right and correcting them by manipulating, stretching and strengthening.

Osteopaths are Allied Health Practitioners and Osteopathy is a recognised way of treating conditions such as back pain as outlined by the NICE guidelines.

What do osteopaths do?

Osteopaths, by touch, can detect areas of abnormal function such as stiff joints, weakness, misalignments, muscle tension and poor movements in your body and by working with you will correct it.

How your body works

Your brain controls everything and for your body to work right it needs to be able to send messages around your body. Any interference can affect these messages, and things can go wrong.  Your body also needs a good blood supply to deliver nutrients around the body and tight muscles can interfere with this. Stress, whether it be physical such as poor posture, sitting too long or emotional stress causes your body to react. The joints and muscles stiffen up which will alter how your body works leading to wear and tear.

All of this will have a negative effect on your health, leading to a number of health concerns. These include neck and back pain, headaches, poor digestion, tiredness and aches and pains. Symptoms such as neck and back pain or headaches, are your body’s way of telling you things are off-balance.  The body is designed to heal itself, and if it can’t & the pain continues, then something must be stopping the healing process.

Correcting the spine and freeing up tight muscles allows the body to heal itself naturally, and provides a long-term solution – without having to rely on long-term medication.

Who can benefit?

People of all ages, from the new born to the elderly, can be treated with osteopathy. There are hundreds of osteopathic techniques and your osteopath will choose the one most appropriate for you and your condition.

Most conditions can be treated, even after surgery. If yours is not an osteopathic case, you will be referred to an appropriate specialist.

We offer MyoVision spinal scans which we recommend for anyone suffering with spinal problems such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. Full details of this scan or the conditions that we treat can be found by clicking on the relevant links below:

Osteopathy is a 5 year course: Following an Act of Parliament in 1993 the General Osteopathic Council was formed to regulate the profession and maintain a statutory register of those entitled to practice, just like GP’s. Only those that have completed a 4 to 5 year Honours degree programme at an accredited training course are eligible for registration with the General Osteopathic Council.

The British Medical Associations guidance for General Practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to Osteopaths. At Eltham Osteopathy Clinic our main referrals are from our many satisfied patients. British Osteopaths see over six million patients a year. At Eltham Osteopathy Clinic we have been practising for over 25 years. We are at the heart of the local community providing reliable solutions to our clients back and neck problems