Safe & gentle
Osteopathy is a safe, gentle and non-invasive approach to healthcare. Our osteopaths recognise that you are unique and your problem is individual. You want to understand what has gone wrong, why it hasn’t recovered on its own, what you can do to speed recovery and how you can prevent recurrence.
Osteopathic treatment is tailored to suit your individual needs and is applied sensitively. In addition, osteopaths can advise you on appropriate exercise programmes, correct seating at home and at work, how to lift correctly, how to improve your diet and many other aspects of general health that might be appropriate to your full recovery.
Osteopaths are highly trained professionals; the four year full-time training now leads to a Masters Degree in Osteopathy. The training includes full clinical skills, so that the osteopath should recognize when further investigation is necessary. In fact, some patients prefer to consult their osteopath first, before seeing their medical practitioner, because they prefer the osteopathic approach. Osteopathy is now accepted in law as a separate profession under the Osteopaths Act 1993.
Osteopathy has been practised for nearly 150 years; it is as old as modern medicine. Osteopathy recognizes that the living body is a self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating, system, maintaining health constantly throughout life. Events of life however can compromise this self-maintaining system so that symptoms or disease could develop. Should treatment therefore be directed to controlling the subsequent disease, or should it be to establish what has impaired or compromised the self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating, self-maintaining system (the health) to have allowed the disease to develop in the first place and not to have resolved on its own. Hence, the fundamental principle which underlies osteopathy is not so much concerned with the control of disease, rather osteopathy is concerned with that which has compromised the health.
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993. They are trained to diagnose conventionally and also to use their hands to assess body function and dysfunction. This gives the osteopath uniquely sensitive information about the disability within the body and how this insight might be used to help restore health.
Although people commonly describe their symptoms in terms of conventional medical conditions, osteopaths do not primarily treat medical conditions; they are more concerned with the cascade of events which could have contributed to the development of those medical conditions.
Recommendations & referrals
Patients are usually recommended by friends and family, or referred by their doctor, midwife, consultant or other healthcare professional.
After your treatment
Some patients feel relief from the first treatment, depending on the case, but more treatments are usually needed to address any underlying issues which might predispose the problem to return.
Suitable for all ages
Patients come to see us at all ages - even newborn babies. Caroline Penn has worked with premature infants in special care baby units in North London and Hertfordshire. Caroline’s tallest patient - over 2m tall (6’9”) and oldest 97 years! Whatever the age of the patient the skill of the osteopath will find the most suitable way to work, whatever that person needs.
For further information see What do people come with?