What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a distinct system of healthcare based on broad principles and is a very effective form of manual therapy. Treatment is aimed to improve your pain and improve your structure and function. Osteopathic procedures in diagnosis and treatment help promote healthy balanced functioning in a patient by correcting mechanical imbalances within and between the structures within the patient.
These mechanical imbalances may be caused by the joints, muscles, bones, ligaments, fascia, organs etc. Balance is restored by helping to correct the cause and therefore restoring, maintaining and improving the harmonious interaction between the structures and systems of the patient e.g. joints, muscles, bones, etc.
Osteopathy is concerned with the imbalances which have compromised health that can then lead to syndromes rather than only the resulting syndromes themselves.Click to see areas and imbalances treated
Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that acknowledges that the living body is, when correctly balanced:
- Self Renewing
- Self Generating
- Self Recuperating
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993.
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It typically takes 4 years to become a qualified osteopath and requires over 1,000 hours of clinical training. We are also required to maintain our skills through ongoing training and professional development.
Osteopathy is a regulated profession, with all osteopaths required by law to register with the General Osteopathic Council, who ensure that all osteopaths operate to high professional standards. It is a criminal offence to claim to be an osteopath otherwise.
At Ian Griffiths Osteopathy we are also members of the Institute of Osteopathy, which exists to promote the latest knowledge and promote best practice in osteopathy. They also produce the iO Patient Charter, based on the national quality standards of the Care Quality Commission, which we use to demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards of patient care. These assurances exist to make sure you can be confident that, as your osteopaths we have the skills, qualifications and knowledge to help you to live a healthier life.About our osteopaths Llanelli Osteopath Clinic Bridgend Osteopath Clinic Book an appointment
We also provide cranial osteopathy at Ian Griffiths Osteopathy, in both our Bridgend and Llanelli clinics. Please see our page on Cranial Osteopathy for more information.