Osteopathy

Osteopathy

Osteopaths are statutorily regulated health care professionals and form an integral part of primary healthcare. British Osteopaths see over six million patients a year.

At the Penn clinic we have in excess of 9000 consultations per year with Osteopathy having been practised here for over 40 years.

Following an act of parliament the General osteopathic council regulates and develops the osteopathic profession in the United Kingdom maintaining a statutory register of those entitled to practice. Only those that have completed a 4 to 5 year Honours degree programme at an accredited training course are eligible for registration with the General Osteopathic Council.

The British Medical Associations guidance for General Practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to Osteopaths.

Osteopathy focuses on the musculoskeletal system (the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments). Osteopaths believe that your body will work well if there is good structural balance. To many people we are known as back specialists.

The most common conditions we treat are:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder arm and wrist problems
  • Pelvis, hip, knee, leg, ankle and foot problems
  • Sports and other injuries

Before we start to treat you we take a full medical history and make a full assessment. Treatment is different for every patient but will be tailored to your individual requirements. As a general guide expect some soft tissue massage and gentle techniques to mobilise your joints. Depending on your problem usually a few treatments will suffice.

General Osteopathic Council The British Acupuncture Council Health and Care Professions Council The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists