At the Heeler Centre Osteopathic Clinic, we have three experienced and skilled Osteopaths. All qualified at the European School of Osteopathy. And registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Our osteopaths treat hundreds of patients with care and understanding each year.
Back Pain Affects People's Lives & The Economy
Back pain, especially lower back pain is a major problem in the world, no less so in the UK. Back pain affects people in all walks of life and of all ages. Therefore everyone needs to be aware that Osteopaths treat and relieve back pain with great success. An estimated 8.8m working days were lost in 2015/16. 2.5m people are suffering from back pain (as opposed to ache) on any day in the UK. Many people have suffered from back pain for many years. This does not need to be the case. If you are reading this page and are suffering from back pain, make an appointment to see one of the Osteopathy Clinic team so that you will be able to move better and live better.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a long-established form of medicine and is a method of assessing & treating many health conditions. Osteopathy is drug-free and involves no surgery and most of all it is not invasive. Being treat by an Osteopath is one of the best solutions for back pain, especially lower back pain.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of increasing the mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension, enhancing the blood supply to tissues all of which aids the body to heal hence the need for drugs is avoided.
The actual techniques used by an Osteopath include:
- Articulation – moving your joints through their natural range of motion, and
- Massage – to release and relax muscles;
- Stretching stiff joints - to improve mobility and function;
- High-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles
You may receive advice on self-help and exercise to aid your recovery and thereby prevent symptoms returning or getting worse.
If one of our Osteopaths suspect that a patient requires surgery, they will say so. Hospital doctors specialise in single aspects of health; Osteopaths consider the whole body. This holistic approach underpins the philosophy of Osteopathy.
What Conditions do Osteopaths Treat?
The conditions that Osteopaths treat fall into two main areas.
The first area concerns the skeleton, the muscles and the joints, and how these work together. Specific conditions include back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. Other common problems include arthritis and issues with the pelvis, hips and legs. Problems with posture caused by driving, work or pregnancy and minor sports injuries are in this section.
The second area concerns the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. These include headaches, migraines, painful periods, digestive disorders, depression and excessive crying in babies (colic).
What to Expect at the First Consultation
During your first session, you will discuss your symptoms, your general health and any other medical care you are receiving. The therapist will use their hands to find areas of weakness, soreness or restriction. With your consent, you may need to remove some clothing to allow for examination.
Following the examination, you will discuss whether osteopathy can help treat your condition and what the treatment will involve.
Osteopaths are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or needs further tests, such as MRI scans or blood tests, to help diagnose the problem.
Over 30,000 people visit an osteopath every day in the UK.
There are 5,220 osteopaths on the UK Statutory Register of Osteopaths (at 1 Feb 2017). Of these, 2,572 are male and 2,648 are female.
The majority of osteopaths are aged between 31 and 50, although the profession includes all ages between 21 and 70.
Although osteopaths practise in all over the UK, the greatest number are to be found in England (4,469). The rest are in Scotland (162), Wales (139), Northern Ireland (24), and outside the UK (426)
Frequently Asked Questions
Cranial Osteopathy is a potent, yet subtle treatment that encourages the release of tension throughout the body. It is a gentle yet effective approach and is used for a range of conditions. The treatment is suitable for babies and people of all ages. It has been found to be effective in the releif of colic in some babies.
Osteopathic treatment is not usually painful although it is usual to feel sore or stiff for the next couple of days. The Osteopath is likely to suggest taking Ibobrufen if required.
Osteopathy is not available on the NHS in all parts of the country. Where it is, supply is often limited and involve long waiting times.
Many private health policies will provide cover for Osteopathic treatments. It is always best to check with your policy provider. The Heeler Centre works with all the main insurers.
Your initial consultation will take around 45 minutes. During this time the Osteopath will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history.
Follow-up treatments last about 30 minutes.
A course can be 6 to 12 treatments, depending on the condition and how long you have been suffering from the condition.
The initial treatment costs £60. Follow-up treatments are £45 for adults and £40 for children.
All Osteopaths complete a four- or five-year honours degree programme (bachelor's or master's), which involves at least 1,000 hours of clinical training. Some osteopaths are qualified to PhD level.