Jane Ducklin Osteopath

About Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy involves the treatment of joint and muscle problems using a variety of techniques including stretching, mobilisation and massage.

As osteopaths we aim to restore good structural and functional balance, and to this end we are interested in the connections between different areas of the body and how one might be pulling and affecting another part. By identifying and reducing unnecessary pulls and tensions, we aim to improve musculoskeletal function around the whole body, helping movements to become as comfortable, fluid and well-coordinated as possible.

Osteopaths trust in the body’s own healing mechanisms, and treatment is designed to remove any barriers to healing and recovery. We think it is important to support the general health of the person and this may be through discussions about lifestyle, nutrition and exercise.

The psychological aspect of having treatment for back pain can be very powerful. The support given by an osteopath, helping with understanding of pain and giving techniques and exercises, can help to reduce the fear and anxiety that acute pain can bring, restoring feelings of control and empowerment more quickly.

Qualifications & training

Osteopaths are highly qualified and regulated. They must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

To qualify, an osteopath must study for four years. The degree course places emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine.

The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.

Osteopaths are also recognised by the NHS as Allied Health Professionals and play an important role in providing care for people of all ages.

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