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About Osteomyology

Osteomyologists are members of a relatively new organisation. The Association of Osteomyologists is a growing, respected organisation that encompasses a wide variety of complimentary practitioners. All registered members follow lawful, ethical guidelines, are fully qualified and partake in continuing professional development (CPD). They are encouraged to undertake research into the treatment of different conditions. The Association has grown out of the common belief that, being qualified in a variety of techniques and having them at their disposal leads to multi-disciplined practitioners, who are therefore able to adapt treatments for different conditions and individuals circumstances.

An Osteomyologist will treat both the symptoms and the root cause of a condition with the aim of alleviating symptoms and preventing reoccurrence whenever possible. Because the body is treated holistically (as a whole), treatment for long-term and repetitive problems is particularly effective. Osteomyology encourages the skilled use of techniques including Cranial and Cranio-Sacral therapy, therapeutic soft tissue treatment of muscles, ligaments and tendons, manipulative techniques, gentle balancing and fascial releasing/unwinding techniques plus exercise advice to affect an improvement and to reduce symptoms. Osteomyologists will use a range of different techniques, according to their relevant qualifications. When necessary, an Osteomyologist will refer you to other professionals including your GP and Consultant specialists.

Many private health insurance companies and hospital funds now cover treatment by qualified and experienced practitioners.

Reassurance, explanation, time and psychological support go hand in hand with any treatment plan. A good practitioner will treat each patient on an individual basis. Each patient will be provided with a carefully considered treatment plan. Information about the type of treatment to be utilised, the cost, and the number of treatments likely to be needed will be assessed. When necessary, the need for other professionals to be involved will be carefully explained.

When choosing an Osteomyologist look for the letters MAO (Member of the Association of Osteomyologists). The association ensures through its strict regulations that every practitioner on the register is properly qualified. Individual practitioners may have other letters after their names including BSc (Hons) Ost (Osteopathy Degree with Honours) indicating that they have reached degree level standard within their discipline. Hence the letters after my name are MAO (manip) BSc (Hons) Ost.

It is advisable to ensure that the practitioner you decide upon holds professional indemnity insurance.

An Osteomyologist is expected to provide a complete Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation programme for all patients where relevant. Every practitioner is expected to provide a high standard of clinical competence within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. An initial consultation will take approximately 1 hour. Within this time, a full medical history will be taken and an examination will determine the nature of the problem and the likely course of action. If appropriate, treatment will then follow. Subsequent treatments last for about 30 minutes.

What can an Osteomyologist treat?

My website was launched in early 2000 when I practiced as an Osteopath.  Therefore all the information on my website applies to areas of treatment which are still relevant to my everyday practice.  But here is a summary of which you may find more information in other areas of the website under the heading Osteopathy.  I now choose to work as an Osteomyologist and develop and progress the areas of treatment already contained within my website.

  • Joint pain and neurological symptoms.
  • Back and neck pain including whiplash.
  • Pregnancy related symptoms including sciatic pain.
  • Sports injuries.
  • Chronic conditions such as arthritis.
  • Repetitive strain injury.
  • Posture problems.
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunction including reduced flexibility of the joints and spine

Treatment may also be helpful for the following conditions:

  • Migraine and migraine headaches.
  • Period pains.
  • Behaviour problems in children.
  • Diabetes.
  • Stress.
  • Asthma.
  • Glue ear.
  • Colic in babies.
  • Sleep disturbance.
  • Strokes and other neurological problems.

Many practitioners have experience of legal work, advising and preparing relevant documents to support accident and injury claims. Osteomyologists are keen to provide effective care, treatment and advice. They belong to a growing band of professionals who believe that they have an increasing role to play in the health of the nation. For further information regarding Osteomyologists, please contact the Association on 0208 5041426.

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