Osteopathic training entails a four-five year Bachelor of Science Honours or Masters degree programme with extensive clinical training in anatomy, physiology, orthopaedics, neurology, biomechanics and clinical methods from the outset. Osteopaths are also committed to lifelong learning through a system of mandatory continuing professional development. It is a criminal offence in the UK, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as an osteopath unless registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
The General Osteopathic Council regulates the profession of osteopathy, maintaining a statutory register of those entitled to practice osteopathy. Only practitioners meeting the highest standards of safety and competency are eligible for registration. Proof of good health, good character and professional indemnity insurance cover are also a requirement. For more information please go to the excellent General Osteopathic Council website: www.osteopathy.org.uk
I am enthusiastic about maintaining my ongoing professional development and have undertaken the following training courses and seminars:
- Western medical acupuncture – 2007
- Osteopathy in the Cranial field, Sutherland Cranial College Module 2 – 2008
- WG Sutherland’s Approach to the Body as a Whole, Sutherland Cranial College module 4– 2010
- Paediatric Clinical screening, Sutherland Cranial College, module 9 – 2011
- Osteopathy in the Cranial field, Sutherland Cranial College Module 3 – 2012
- The Miserable Baby – 2012
- Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy Conference, The Developing Child – 2012
- The Miserable Baby part 2 – 2013
- Postpartum mum part 1 – 2014
- Bump to Baby part 1 – 2014
- Bump to Baby part 2 – 2015
- Miserable Baby part 3 – 2015
- Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy Conference, The Developing Child, an Osteopathic Challenge – 2015
All Osteopaths are required to have a formal complaints procedure. You can read a copy of mine here: Complaints Procedure
When you come for an osteopathic consultation, you will be asked to complete an Info and Consent form as well as a short Health Questionaire, which you can download here if you prefer to complete it before coming. This information will help me to understand the background to your problem and to form a diagnosis. I will then ask you about your symptoms and their history in some detail. Following this, there will be a musculoskeletal examination which will involve an observation of your posture and simple movements. I may also take your blood pressure and test reflexes, joint mobility and muscle strength.
I will then discuss the diagnosis with you and answer any questions you may have about your prognosis. I will discuss a treatment approach with you and ensure that you understand and consent to the osteopathic care proposed. Also, if for any reason I believe that you will not benefit from osteopathic treatment, I will explain why and recommend alternatives. For the purposes of examination and treatment it may be necessary to remove some clothes to examine the symptomatic area, e.g. the low back or the legs. However I always ensure that my patients feel very comfortable and that modesty is maintained. Any patient may bring a chaperone with them. Please note that all under- 18s must attend with a chaperone and must complete an Under 18 Years Consent form.
You may wish to discuss osteopathic approach to your symptoms in advance of making an appointment. If so, please contact me on 07968 863171 or at firstname.lastname@example.org