Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating as well as preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging an individual’s muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that the body is an indivisible and integrated whole, and it contains self-healing mechanisms that can be used as part of the treatment. The well-being of a person depends on their muscles, bones, connective tissue and ligaments functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, massage and stretching with the aim of
· Relieving muscle tension
· Helping the body to heal
· Enhancing supply of blood to the tissues
· Increasing the mobility of joints
They make use of a wide range of techniques, but they do not use surgery or drugs.
If you have been suffering from any back, joints or muscle pain, then it is time to take positive action by seeking the help of an osteopath. However, finding an Osteopath London can be quite challenging especially if you do not know what to look for. Here are a few tips that will help you during your search for a reliable osteopath.
· Check the qualifications
An osteopath in London should be fully registered with the general osteopathic council. An osteopath who is professionally accredited and qualified assures you that he or she knows what he is doing and is fully regulated and competent in their treatment.
· Check the experience
Check how long they have been practicing as an osteopath and if they have undergone any specialist training. An osteopath with many years of experience can provide an unrivalled level of expertise in the field.
· Check the previous clients’ testimonials
The best recommendation for an osteopath should come from previously satisfied patients. If he or she does not have any testimonials, you should reconsider hiring him.
· The osteopath should be friendly and personable
At the end of it all, you need to feel relaxed and comfortable in the hands of the osteopath and the best way to know if the osteopath of your choice is friendly is to meet and chat with him. Today, most osteopaths hold a consultation with patients before commencing the treatment.
· Trust your instincts
You should not feel pressured into hiring a certain osteopath that you do not feel comfortable with or accepting any treatment that you are not happy with. A reliable osteopath should explain to you in details your diagnosis, the proposed treatment, any side effect of the treatment as well as answer all the concerns and questions you may have.