Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy
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• Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.
It uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength however lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.
Osteopaths use their hands both to investigate the underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment using a variety of manipulative techniques. These may include muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements or high velocity thrust techniques to improve the range of motion at a joint.
• Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head. It is not as the name might suggest a form of scalp massage, but instead a series of supportive contacts that in many instances undermines the patient's tension. As tension and pain are so closely allied this can effectively alter their perception of pain, and provide significant steps towards recovery
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.
Experienced Complementary Therapists at Bethnal Green East London E2. Offering osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, acupuncture, a range of massage therapies, homeopathy, counselling and psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, reflexology, metamorphic technique. Covering Hackney E8/E9, Bow E3, Mile End E3, London Fields E8, Stratford E5, Stepney E1, Shoreditch E1, Spitalfields, Docklands, Victoria Park E9, and the City of London.