What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a day-to-day healthcare profession focusing on musculoskeletal disorders and the effects of these on an individual’s general health. Osteopathy is based on the principles that the body has the ability to heal itself and that body structure and function are interdependent and can be affected by and affect general health.
Osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness. This is a patient-centered approach to health and well-being and the practitioner considers symptoms in the context of the patient’s full medical history, as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient.
Osteopathy in Singapore and Worldwide
In many countries such as the UK, Australia and France, osteopaths are trained in the use of manual osteopathic treatment techniques with their hands such as to apply light pressure, resistance, and stretching. It should not hurt. In some countries such as U.S.A. osteopathic physicians are also trained in the full scope of medical practice.
At Body with Soul, our Osteopaths have extensive experience working with adults, infants, babies and children both in the UK and in Singapore. Our osteopaths use many techniques to assess, manage, treat and prevent musculoskeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery and have helped numerous patients both in the UK and in Singapore to achieve positive health outcomes.
What to expect from your visit
Most clients ‘self refer’ to an osteopath for treatment. While referral by a doctor or General Physician (GP) is not necessary, we encourage you to keep your doctor and osteopaths fully informed so that they can work as a team to provide the best healthcare for you to achieve maximum movement and independence, reduce the risk of further injury, achieve a healthier lifestyle and reach optimum wellness outcomes.
Generally, your first appointment is for 45 minutes to allow the osteopath to get a full history while subsequent appointments will be for 30 minutes. All our osteopaths are registered with either the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) in the UK or the appropriate national body in the country they qualified for and are required to stay updated with continued professional education (PD).
See this patient handout from GOsC (General Osteopathic Council, UK) for information on what to expect on your visit to the osteopath.
Commonly treated conditions include:
- Neck pain
- Jaw pains
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ or TMD)
- Postural problems
- Discomfort and pains during pregnancy
- Sports injuries
- Muscle and joint deterioration
- Digestive issues
Osteopathy for Infant, babies and children:
Our Osteopaths regularly see infants from a few days after birth to treat conditions such as:
- Latching Difficulties
- Feeding Difficulties
- Joint Issues
- Growth Disorders