Osteopaths are trained in therapeutic approaches that are suitable for a broad range of individuals.
Osteopathic care is delivered through a range of interventions which may include manual therapy, exercise therapy, onward referral and health management advice, as determined by the needs of the patient.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the structure and function of the body are intimately related. If the structure is not balanced and healthy then the function is affected.
Osteopaths work under the principle that there may be a number of contributing factors to the symptoms and will therefore evaluate not only the area which is producing the symptoms, but also associated areas that may be contributing to the issue including past trauma, environmental factors and the family’s health history.
Osteopaths adapt their therapeutic approach depending on the individual needs of the patient and their presenting complaint. Manual therapy techniques employed may include articulation and manipulation of joints and soft tissues.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of injuries and medical conditions. It is a gentle and effective manual therapy, which is suitable for all age groups, from babies to the elderly.
Osteopathy focuses on the body as a whole.
One of our key osteopathic concepts is that if the structure of the body has been impaired, then it is unable to function efficiently.
To determine the cause of the problem, an osteopath will carry out a thorough assessment, examining the structure of the body, by observing a patients posture and mobility, and then using the appropriate hands-on techniques to improve its function and thus returning the body to a state of optimal health.
This form of assessment is the great strength of the osteopathic profession, as it takes into account all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle, in order to treat the cause of the condition, not just the symptoms of it. We work in partnership with our patients.
The initial consultation takes an hour, which provides us with the opportunity to listen and consider issues that may seem unrelated, yet are crucial to a patient’s wellbeing.
As part of the care plan we may discuss exercise and lifestyle advice, Patients are encouraged to discuss any questions about their symptoms or recovery with their osteopath who will provide a source of ongoing support and direction as required.
Osteopaths complete four years of undergraduate university study, and are registered healthcare professionals.
All osteopaths are required to engage with continuing professional development to keep their skills up to date.
Eyre Place Osteopathic Practice provides a centre of learning for continuing professional development for Edinburgh Osteopaths.