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What is Osteopathy?

Who can practise as an Osteopath?

After the 1993 Osteopaths Act, it became illegal for anyone to call themselves an Osteopath who did not have 4 years full time training at a registered college of osteopathy. In addition, all osteopaths must complete 30 hours of professional development each year and belong to the General Council and Register of Osteopaths, who ensure that the highest standards are maintained.

Is Osteopathy available under the NHS?

Generally no, but with the proposed changes in the health services we hope that this may change, especially as the NICE guidelines have recommended physical therapies. At the moment you have to pay for treatment, though we try to keep the fees low and most private health insurers will pay for osteopathy.

What is the difference between an Osteopath, Chiropractor and Physiotherapist?

All three professions overlap widely and all practitioners have their own individual style of treatment. Very broadly, Physiotherapists use a lot of exercises and rehabilitation for the patients to do, Osteopaths use more ‘hands on’ massage, stretching and manipulation (the cracking bits), home exercises and specific advice. Chiropractors usually give a shorter treatment but with more manipulation and fewer massage sessions.

What makes the ‘crack’ when a joint is manipulated?

This is due to bubbles of gas popping when the joint is moved in a special way. It is not bones being replaced. Spinal joints are interlocked and do not go out of place. However they can become very stiff and sometimes we can use a very quick, but very slight movement to loosen the joints.

How can Osteopathy help with my running?

In sport, Osteopathy is often used as a preventive measure in order to keep the body in optimum condition and to reduce the risk of injury in the future. Professional sportspeople use Osteopathic treatment as a means of keeping their bodies in optimum physical shape as well as a way to heal or ease existing conditions.

Osteopaths use a system of diagnosis and treatment, focusing on the structure, function and biomechanics of the human body to restore physical wellbeing. Restrictions existing in one area of the body may lead to problems in another area. For this reason, Osteopaths look at the whole person and how the person’s individual circumstances have come about.

They use a variety of techniques in their treatment including specialised massage techniques, stretching, joint mobilisation and joint manipulation.

Every patient is different, so the techniques used will be chosen specifically for you.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on many things such as patient response and the nature and duration of the problem. A rough estimate for a problem of a few months is 5-6 treatments. We will not prolong treatment unnecessarily.



Back in Brighton 45 Upper North Street, Brighton, BN1 3FH

Fiveways Osteopathic Practice 308, Ditchling Rd, Brighton, BN1 6JG

South Downs Osteopathy Brighton Consulting Rooms, 18A Clermont Road, Brighton BN1 6SG

Suzanne Jarrett 12 Tivoli Road, Brighton, BN1 5BH



Hanover Osteopaths 52, Arnold Street, Brighton, BN2 9XT



Back To Health Clinic 3, Hove Park Villas, Hove,BN3 6HP

Coast Clinic 198 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2DJ

South Downs Osteopathy 40 Wilbury Road, Hove BN3 3JP