Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy
Osteopaths are trained to treat a wide variety of issues including:
• Back and neck pain
• Sciatica and trapped nerves
• Headaches from back and neck issue
• Sports injuries and pain from fibromyalgia
Also co-owner of the Plane Tree, John is an established and experienced osteopathic practitioner with a history in Bethnal Green reaching back 17 years. He is a senior osteopath, working with clients across the full life span including the treatment of infants, and has taken on Arturo as his associate osteopath in 2018.
If you'd like to book with either John or Arturo please speak to our reception team on 0203 022 5892. If you'd prefer to speak with John or Arturo directly then they would be happy to chat with you about osteopathy and help you decide if it's right for you. Please Click on either name below to take you to their full profiles and contact details.
Arturo Del Val Anguita
Osteopathy is an established and evidence-based system of diagnosis and treatment that emphasizes the structural integrity of the body. It identifies and treats the underlying abnormalities in the function of the body structure, which can result from injury, repetitive strain or disease, and are seen as the origin of pain and disability. Increasingly there is also a greater recognition of the impact of stress, trauma and anxiety on the physical experience of pain and tension in the body.
Osteopaths generally rely on diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Assessments are holistic in nature including not only mechanical, functional and postural aspects, but wider lifestyle issues that can influence the overall patient outcome. The tailored treatments include manual methods, such as hands on treatment or medical acupuncture, and also an educational component, such as teaching specific stretching exercises, or increasing awareness of stress and anxiety influences that may be contributing factors. Hands-on osteopathic techniques include muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements and manipulation, and high velocity thrust techniques.
Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle type of osteopathic intervention that uses very gentle pressure to encourage the release of stress through the body, including but not only in the head. The supportive contact of the practitioner can work to undermine the tension in the patient’s body, allowing a subtle and profound release to take place gently and safely. As tension is activated in the body in reaction to pain and often increasing the pain perception, by releasing the tension, the pain is also reduced.
Osteopathy & Physiotherapy Compared
While osteopaths and physiotherapists are qualified to treat most of the same complaints, the difference between the two professions can be seen through their training pathways and underlying philosophies. Osteopaths train for a minimum of 4 years and mainly go into private practice seeing a wide range of patients, while physiotherapists train for 3 which includes placements in a range of specialist NHS services. Physiotherapists continue to grow their expertise within clinical NHS settings and may also branch into the private sector.
Both professions have protected titles, meaning that only qualified and registered practitioners can use the title. Osteopaths are members of the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC) and adhere to their regulations and guidelines. Physiotherapists are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and adhere to its guidelines. These bodies require both professions to continue ongoing training called Continued Professional Development (CPD), which will go on to affect the direction of their practice, and the skills they can then employ for their patients.
Both osteopaths and physiotherapists diagnose their patient's condition through a case history taking and physical assessment before tailoring treatment specific for them. Both use hands-on techniques including massage, joint mobilisation and stretching as part of treatment. Osteopaths are trained to use High Velocity Thrust (HVT) techniques to improve the motion available through joints while this is not standard for physiotherapists. Exercise prescription and other advice specific to each patient is provided as a matter of routine by both professions.
The range of conditions treated by both professions is very similar, with both being very skilled in dealing with conditions relating to dysfunction of muscles and joints. The choice of practitioner therefore is probably best made by reading the practitioner profile and reviewing their website.