What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of manual therapy that is drug-free and non-invasive. It aims to bring balance between structure and function with the body, by manipulating and strengthening joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues.

Rather than just targeting your symptoms, osteopathic treatments aim to heal the areas of your body that may have originally caused your symptoms.

At Relieve Clinic, our approach is holistic, and we strongly believe that your body can only function correctly if there is a proper structural balance. We have highly-trained practitioners in Leeds, to help you in your journey towards good health.

Osteopathy is meant for the everyday person who seeks relief from pain caused from injury or a working lifestyle. There are a range of reasons that people seek treatment from an osteopath. Here are some of the main benefits of osteopathy:

  • It alleviates different types of joint pain and stiffness including, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, ankle and foot pain.
  • It improves joint mobility and reduces muscles stiffness.
  • It supports spinal function and increases blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • It reduces joint aches and pains, and prevents their recurrence.

As a working person, you probably spend most of your time seated or standing with no other activities in between. Osteopathy will supplement your routine with exercises to correct posture-related problems.

When you arrive and meet your osteopath, you will have a consultative session that can be up to an hour long. This is your time to explain how you feel and what you would like to achieve.

Since osteopathy is a holistic approach to healing, the sessions may be longer in comparison to other alternative therapies. Your osteopath will listen to your concerns and ask questions to determine what the root cause of your symptoms may be. You will then undergo a physical examination to reach a diagnosis, which will determine the treatment techniques that are best suited for you.

During your examination, you may be required to remove clothing around the area of pain, so please do bring loose and appropriate clothing – such as shorts and a t-shirt. Your privacy will always be respected.

Finally, we’ll recommend the number of sessions you’ll require to bounce back. In most cases, you can start treatment as soon as you’re ready. We may also prescribe lifestyle changes to complement your treatment.

Osteopathy is a hands-on approach and involves manipulation of muscles and soft tissue. It’s therefore possible for you to feel muscle or joint stiffness, but this should wear off after 24-48 hours.

As you progress through your treatment plan, your body will adjust and your well-being may start to improve.

We offer affordable options for both new and returning patients. For full pricing information please visit our plans and pricing page.

Please read through the FAQs for more information about our osteopathy services in Leeds.

Osteopathy can relieve a wide variety of muscular and joint pain in the back, neck, shoulders, hips, upper or lower body. It is also used to treat tension headaches; and work or sport-related complaints.

Common (and not so common) disorders treated by osteopaths include:

  • Tension headaches and migraine prevention
  • Generalised aches and pains including arthritic pain
  • Aches and pains from pregnancy
  • Work-related discomfort in the back, hands and arms
  • Hip and knee pain associated with osteoarthritis
  • General, acute and chronic backache, shoulder pain and back pain
  • Foot, ankle and knee pain
  • Mechanical neck pain
  • Problems with the shoulder and elbow including rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
  • Circulatory problems
  • Sciatica treatment
  • Cramp and muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Pain associated with fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatic pain

If you have a medical condition before your treatment begins, it’s important to let your osteopath know, as this will be considered when diagnosing the cause of your pain. We’ll then choose our treatment techniques accordingly. Please let your osteopath know if you have any concerns before your treatment starts.

Osteopaths must undergo a minimum of 4 years of full-time training to gain a Bachelor of Osteopathy (BOst) or Masters in Osteopathy (MOst). Practitioners must have thorough knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, biomechanics and osteopathic technique. There is also a clinical aspect of the degree course, in which a practitioner undertakes 1,200 hours of training within a clinical setting.

Osteopathy is one of the safest health related professions, but nothing is ever 100% safe. A practitioner would perform a thorough case history and examination before performing any type of treatment, which would minimise any risk of having adverse effects from treatment. Also, osteopathy is one of two complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) that are regulated by the law. The other being chiropractic. Therefore, a regulatory body named the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) oversees all aspects of an osteopath’s career, from training to practice, to ensure the highest standards of practice are always maintained.

Osteopaths also fall under the title of NHS Allied Health Professionals, alongside Physiotherapists and 12 other professions. Osteopaths must also complete at least 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) every year so that they are kept up-to-date with knowledge and skills.

The frequency of treatment sessions you may require will depend on the type of issue you have, how long you have had it for, and various other factors. It’s possible that we may prefer to see you on a weekly basis during earlier stages of treatment, and proceed to having a larger gap between appointments as you show improvements in your health. However, our practitioners can only provide a realistic estimation after a consultation and diagnosis.

Most people react positively to osteopathy. However, in the rare case that you don’t find much benefit from osteopathy, we can refer you to another therapist, or your doctor for further investigation.

Occasionally, patients may feel as if they have had a ‘good workout in the gym’ after treatment. However, if this does occur, it will usually last for 24-48 hours after treatment. You may be recommended to use either ice or heat after treatment.

Most health policies such as Simply health, Aviva, Cigna, WPA, Westfield Health and Vitality may partially or fully cover the cost of osteopathic treatment. Osteopathy is recognised as a therapy by most health schemes and insurance companies, so you should be reimbursed any treatment costs. However, we recommend you confirm this with your insurance company first.

No you don’t need to be referred by you GP to have treatment from us. However, if you’re going through health insurance, in some cases you may need a letter of referral from your GP.

We understand that you may be in pain, so we will do our best to book you in to see an osteopath as soon as possible. We’re open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday. Simply visit our contact page and fill out a contact form to make an appointment. Alternatively, you can send an email to info@relieveclinic.co.uk or call us on 0113 418 0112.

Unfortunately, we do not have disabled access at our osteopathy clinic in Leeds. However, you can still arrange for a home visit.