What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of Muscle and Skeletal conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, as well as the nervous and circulatory system, functioning smoothly together.Our Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, using an individualised treatment plan for you. Techniques can include, physical manipulation, stretching and massage with aim being to reduce pain, increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Osteopaths work by treating the cause of the complaint, rather than just the symptoms. We will generally also provide advice on posture and prescribe exercises to aid recovery, promote health and to prevent symptoms from recurring.
As a regulated profession, all Osteopaths that practice in the UK have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council a statutory regulated body that ensures high standards of professionalism, are appropriately qualified (a 4-5 year full-time degree), undertake a minimum amount of CPD and are insured to practice. Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners and have attained Allied HealthCare Practitioner (AHP) Status. The term Osteopath is a protected Title.
Osteopathy is increasingly recognised by the allopathic medical profession, with guidance having been given to GP’s with regards to referrals to osteopaths by the General Medical Council, following decisions by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
*Current as on 4 April 2021
Osteopathy : 60 – 70 mins: £55
Perrin Technique : 90 mins: £60
Follow up appointments
Osteopathy : 30 mins: £50
45 mins: £65 (if more time is required)
60 mins: £75 (a treatment combined with massage)
Perrin Technique : 50 mins: £55
Corporate concessions are available for companies with a physical presence in Croydon or Carshalton when agreed in advance, subject to our terms and conditions.
Common Osteopathy Questions
Yes, Osteopaths are recognised by the NHS and regulated in the UK. They are identified as Primary healthcare practitioners and allied healthcare practitioners.
However, only a few Osteopaths work in the NHS. Most work in private practice. Some NHS trusts have specific positions for Osteopaths and frequently more trusts that have roles advertised where Osteopaths can apply alongside others, i.e. physiotherapists.
Osteopaths are known for treating you as a whole person rather than just focusing on a specific area. This is reflected in the comprehensive consultation, which includes lifestyle, medical history, work and home life, health check as well as your presenting complaint.
This informs our overall and detailed examination of your posture, movement patterns and appropriate testing, e.g. Orthopaedic, neurological, or cardiovascular.
We then treat the area(s) of dysfunction or imbalance associated with your presenting complaint and overall health. We do this through a range of techniques which is supported by providing a rehabilitation program. This programme helps you continue your recovery between visits.
As your Osteopath, we will be on hand to discuss pain management and to reassure you.
Yes. As part of our 4-year full-time degree, we are trained to diagnose a range of muscle/bone and joint conditions and to recognise other illnesses (for which we would refer).
In our opinion, yes, but we are, of course, biased. As with any profession, you will have practitioners across both professions that are better than others and some that are not quite right for you. An osteopath will often provide a more rounded approach working on the person and providing advice and rehabilitation rather than focusing on the spine; however, there will also be some Chiropractors that also treat in this way.
This is largely down to the individual practitioner and how they like to work. Traditionally a diversified chiropractor will focus on correcting subluxations (minor misalignments) of the spine to improve the functioning of the nervous system. This was often done by cracking the spine, perhaps with some massage with 5-15minutes per session with several treatments required.
Traditionally Osteopaths would treat the whole person in a longer session, incorporating a wider range of techniques (e.g. massage, stretching, rocking, joint articulations, and joint cracking) with fewer treatments normally.
As the professions have developed over the years, there is more overlap and osteopaths will often create an exercise and lifestyle program for you, discuss pain management and incorporate more evidence-based research into their osteopathic approach.
In our opinion, yes, but then we are biased.
Most of our physiotherapy colleagues are extremely professional and knowledgeable and will be able to treat anything that we can and vice versa. Osteopaths are well known for providing more hands-on work, while physios were better known for providing more exercises. These days Osteopaths also prescribe exercises, and indeed, in private practice, Physios will use more hands-on work than their colleagues in the NHS.
Yes, but we do more than just click and crack joints because you are made up of more than only one joint. We focus on you as a human and treat you as a person with an individual presentation and individual needs. Therefore a patient’s back may not be cracked every treatment and, for some, not at all.
This will range from a one-off appointment to regular maintenance treatments for life, depending on why you visited us initially and your overall health.
This ranges depending on where you are in the country. Here at Arc Osteopathy, we charge £55 for a 1-hour new patient appointment and £50 for a 30 minute follow up appointment.
Prices correct as on 4 April 2021
Yes. We undertake a four-year full-time degree with over 1000 hours of supervised face to face patient treatments in the clinic.
Our training includes clinical assessment and differential diagnosis so that we know when not to treat and when to alter our treatment of a patient or when to refer for further testing. This training is on top of our in-depth anatomy, neurology and pathology, and treatment training.
The exact treatment will be different from one osteopath to the other and from patient to patient. Still, the underlying goal is the same: to enable the patient’s body to heal itself more effectively by applying a targeted treatment to the patient.
The osteopath will undertake a thorough consultation and examination, listening to what your needs and requirements are. They will then be able to develop a treatment plan that is best for you based on your wishes, informed consent, and findings.
The treatment (to name a few) can encompass many aspects, including:
- Hands-on treatment
- Exercise prescription
- Lifestyle advice
- Pain management
- Breathing exercises
- Empathy and encouragement
Osteopaths aim to treat the person that comes to the clinic so that their condition can improve. Common reasons why patients visit include
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Joint pain
- Sports injuries
- Arthritis pain
- Tennis/golfers elbow
- Muscle spasm
- Frozen shoulder
- Work-related injuries
- Movement pattern restrictions
- Postural complaints
- For general wellbeing and health
It is best to either wear loose-fitting clothes or shorts and a vest top/tee shirt.
During the examination, you may be asked to undress down to your underwear (you will be offered a towel). For the treatment, you may be asked to redress and be treated clothed or to remain in your underwear, again with a towel if you wish.
An osteopath will help you find health, become pain-free, improve movement, reduce joint stiffness, and help you return to activities you enjoy.
Osteopathic manipulation is effective if performed correctly and at the right place, and when it is needed. Of course, osteopaths do more than just manipulate a joint during treatment as well as providing you with advice and things to do after and between treatments, and it is the combination of these elements that produce the best results.
Osteopathy is a safe and mainly gentle treatment, as most aspects of treatment do not hurt. However, some techniques can be uncomfortable, and it is quite common to feel sore and/or tender for up to 72 hours (most people only 24hrs) after a treatment.
It is quite common to have mild side effects following treatment, including feeling sore and tender. Less likely is to feel sick, but this can happen. Should you feel unwell after treatment and it persists or worsens, you should contact your osteopath for advice.
When an osteopath quickly puts a small direct force to a joint within the spine, it might produce a cracking sound which is the sound of carbon dioxide being released from the joint. When performed by an osteopath who has trained for at least three years in these techniques and then been passed safe in a formal assessment and exam, they are very safe.
This is very unlikely due to the high level of training combined with the requirement of CPD, all within a strong regulatory framework. There have very occasionally been injuries to muscles and joints, but in the main, any damage is minor and will only last a couple of days.
Yes, Osteopaths are in demand for their holistic approach to assessment, the time spent with a patient listening and understanding, and for the results in helping someone feel better.
As you can normally arrange an osteopathic appointment within a few days compared to waiting up to 3 months to see a physio on the NHS or wait a while for a spine/hip/knee/shoulder operation, it is not surprising osteopaths are in demand.
In the long and medium-term, the answer is normally no. A common side effect after treatment is soreness that can last up to 72hours but to worsen a condition is rare.
The frequency of a patient incident (one which would require medical care or causing long term damage) occurring is estimated to be 1 in 36,079 osteopathic treatments.
Common side effects following treatment are soreness of muscles and tenderness, post-treatment fatigue and headaches, most of which resolve within 24-48hours.
Osteopaths will be aware of the evidence base for treatment and will often integrate this into what they know works well for a particular patient.
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Alan and the team are wonderful. Have been a patient here for 2 years and followed them through both sites. The place is clean, am treated with a smile and care and always come out happy and feeling a few years younger. I would have no reservation recommending Arc Osteopathy for anyone looking for an Osteopath in Croydon.
Alan is a very friendly, professional & knowledgeable osteopath. In my case, my neck was feeling much better after the first (same day) appointment and back to normal after a second appointment a week later. Alan also provided video exercises to improve my condition. I will highly recommend the services of Arc Osteopathy! Thank you, Alan!
Early last year I was having terrible pain in one of my knees and could barely walk. Over a number of months Alan treated me and showed me what exercises to do and what to avoid. I am now signed off from treatment and enjoying doing everything I did before and more. Thanks to Alan.
I met Alan in 2013 when I had bruises my ribs. Thanks to him, I was able to climb to the top of Mount Kinabalu in South East Asia two months later. Since then, I swear by him. I cannot recommend him enough. I drive an hour each way to see him for a 30 min session. He is the best osteopath in London.
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Tuesday 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
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