Osteopathy: A Brief History

Treatment osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still in Kirksville USA in the latter half of the 19th Century. John Martin Littlejohn was responsible, in no small way, for the development of osteopathy in the UK. A long struggle for recognition proceeded throughout the 20th century culminating in Parliament passing what was known as the Ostopaths Act 1993.

Osteopaths became the first of the complimentary medical professions to achieve statutory self regulation. The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is the sole regulatory body of the profession and the title 'osteopath' is now protected by the act and only those practitioners who satisy the criteria set out in the Standard of Proficiency are allowed registration.

To learn a little more about Osteopathy take a look at the section below.


Introduction to Osteopathy

Osteopaths work with what is called the musco-skeletal system, that is, with the bones, joint muscles and other soft tissues of the body. However, all osteopaths are trained in all the major disciplines of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and as such will be able to identify conditions which might be related to other internal body system e.g. heart, lung, gastric, reproductive, urinary, auto-immune problems etc. The patient can be assured that their practitioner will not be treating them when it is inappropriate and may refer to another practitioner.

Osteopathy is a safe, gentle treatment which can help relieve a wide range of conditions including:

  • joint pain, trapped nerves and arthritis e.g. hips and knees
  • sports injuries, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
  • stress related probems
  • pregnancy and childbirth
  • infant conditions and childhood problems.

Wayne can also advise on managing posture- and work-related problems such as back ache and RSI, and is able to do body fat analysis and fitness testing – including resting heart rate; blood pressure; lung capacity; aerobic capacity' flexibility; endurance; percentage of body fat to lean body weight and basal metabolic rate.

Pain is not the only reason for visiting an osteopath, it may be that you are suffering from anxiety and upset related to not being able to do things you did in the past or problems relating to pregnancy, childbirth, growing, ageing, working and injuries.

On your first visit you will be welcomed to our clinic in Herne Bay, contact us to book an appointment.


General Osteopathic Council

The GOsC serves to both protect the patient and guarantees them safe, highly qualified and competent practitioners. The GOsC can be contacted by telephone on 020 7357 6655. Please visit: www.osteopathy.org.uk