Osteopathy is a highly regulated profession in the UK, governed by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is illegal for anyone to call themselves an Osteopath unless they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. To qualify as an osteopath, an individual must study for four or five years of a medical based undergraduate degree which includes over 1000 hours of clinical training prior to qualification.
The General Osteopathic Council defines osteopathy as “a system of diagnosis and treatment with the main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body”.
Osteopathy is a system of healthcare whereby it is believed that poor alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structures are not only responsible for possible pain in the joints and muscles of our bodies, but may also be influential in the affliction of certain health related problems. Osteopaths treat the muscular and skeletal structures of the body with the view to rebalancing alignment of the body so as to optimize the body’s innate healing mechanisms to encourage restoration of health and function.
Osteopaths treat a variety of common musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. tendinopathies) and all parts of the body, although most people think of us as mainly specialists for low back pain. The osteopathic approach is holistic in nature, as it is believed that the body works as an integrated unit where poor alignment of one part of the body may be responsible for pain and dysfunction in another. Hence, not only would the osteopath treat the symptoms of the condition but he/she will also investigate into the possible causes of the condition so as to help prevent the problem from reoccurring. Furthermore, the impact of physical, psychological and emotional factors are also imbedded within the osteopathic healthcare model and are always taken into consideration within the diagnostic process.
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which uses a wide range of techniques including touch, massage, stretching, body mobilisation and joint manipulation. Many Osteopaths include other treatment modalities such as acupuncture, ultrasound, low level laser therapy, postural education and exercise rehabilitation to complement the osteopathic therapy in order to help provide a broad approach which allows the practitioner to focus on the specific needs of each patient.
The definition from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy descibes the role of the Physiotherapist as that of one in which they help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.
What Physiotherapists do
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.
Sports massage therapy is a form of manual therapy involving a blend of tissue stretching, compression and toning with the main purpose to bring about the alleviation of the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s tissues during any sort of physical, emotional and postural stress. If used correctly, it can be used to help address niggling injuries and muscular soreness that can result from sport and other physical activities. This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client hence bringing about optimum performance to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
At Evolution Rehab, our massage therpists are highly skilled and they are also well versed in movement rehabilitation to help you address many of the muscular aches and pains that come along with working hard both in the office and in the gym as well.
- 30 min x 1 treatment session
- 60 min x 1 treatment session
- 60 min x 5 treatment sessions
- 60 min x 10 treatment sessions
Please note that with any treatments, one-to-one training sessions or group classes, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy, whereby failing to cancel any session without providing the requisite notice will mean that you will be liable for the cost of the missed appointment.