Osteopathy FAQ’s

Osteopathy FAQ's
What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a health care approach which specialises in treating musculoskeletal problems and supporting well-being.
Osteopaths believe that the whole body will work well if it is in good structural balance, so as well as treating the problem area, we also try to identify and target other areas which may be contributing.
Treatment is tailored to each patient, with consideration of the problem within the context of your life and medical history.
Osteopathy can be helpful for a wide range of problems. Treatment may include gentle massage, stretching and movement of the joints and muscles, to help ease pain, encourage your body’s natural healing mechanisms, and promote health. Exercises and postural advice may also be given.


What can Osteopaths treat?

Osteopathy can be helpful for a wide range of problems. Some common conditions we treat are:
Back pain and neck pain
‘Slipped’ discs
‘Trapped’ nerves
Arthritis pain
Posture related problems
Stress and anxiety related tensions
Pregnancy related pain
Jaw pain
Shoulder pain
Tennis elbow
Wrist pain
Hip, knee and foot pain
Muscle and ligament strains
Children’s disorders

If you have a problem which is not listed, or you are not sure if osteopathy is right for you, please email or call us, and one of our team will be happy to talk to you.

Will my back be ‘clicked’?

Our osteopaths may use joint manipulation as part of your treatment, if you are happy with this. This can produce a ‘popping’ or ‘clicking’ sound, and is usually painless.

It can be a very effective way of helping to reduce pain and improve movement of stiff areas. However, there are plenty of other equally effective ways, if our osteopaths feel it is not the right treatment for you. Joint manipulation is not suitable for everyone, and some people don’t like it. It is important you feel comfortable with treatment.

The sound is thought to be caused by gas bubbles in the liquid surrounding a joint, which form and then pop as a joint is moved or stretched.

Is Osteopathic treatment painful?

Treatment is not usually painful although someone already in pain may experience some discomfort. It is quite common to feel a little stiff and sore for a day or two afterwards as joints that may have been stiff or locked for days or months start to move normally again. This is normal and healthy, and similar to what you might feel after exercise. Often patients feel more comfortable straight away after treatment.

Do you offer Cranial Osteopathy?

Yes, Dr Bowman is trained in cranial osteopathy. He has had considerable success with babies, particularly those who have experienced a difficult birth.

Are Osteopaths regulated?

All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which regulates osteopathy in the UK, and sets the standards for practice.