We have come along way.


In 1874 a doctor called Andrew Taylor-Still founded osteopathy and started a college to teach others.


Now in the UK as of March 2018 there are 5,288 registered Osteopaths.


This number continues to grow with 269 new or returning Osteopaths joining the register.


Osteopathy is regulated in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, Iceland and Malta, but this is not the case in many other countries throughout the world.


The General osteopathic council (GOsC) oversees osteopaths in the UK.


It promotes public and patient safety through targeted and effective regulatory activity.


It encourages and helps continual improvement in the quality of osteopathic healthcare.


The GOsC has met all the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care standards of good regulation.


I hope this gives patients confidence both in the profession of Osteopathy and in their Osteopath.

 

If you would like to contact Princes Avenue Osteopathic clinic please follow the link or call 01634 681138.

Hip Pain

 

hip joint

 

It is important to maintain strong hips throughout your life.

 

 

The hip joint needs to be strong.

 

It has to carry the body weight but also be mobile

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To be able to support the body the hip bone, femur has a rounded head that fitts securely into a cup at the side of the pelvis to form the ball and socket joint of the hip, acetabulum.

 

Strong ligaments wrap around the joint to support it.

 

One of these muscles, called the 'Y' ligament, is considered the strongest ligament in the body.

 

The hip must also have strong muscles to support us when we stand and move.

 

These are stabilising muscles.

 

If they become weak it can lead to improper mechanics of how movements are carried out.

 

This in turn can cause injury and pain.

 

If the hip becomes injuried pain is often felt in the groin, but can also be felt else where such as the knee and the low back.

 

Keeping up standards


Osteopaths have a set of Practice Standards issued to every Osteopath for them to follow in order to maintain a good standard of care for their patients.were registered


The profession reviews its standards regularly to ensure the standards remain up to date and relevant and that they reflect any changes in contemporary healthcare, regulation or the law.


The standards come under four broad themes.


1. Communication and patient partnership.


2. Knowledge, skills and performance.


3. Safety and quality in practice.


4. Professionalism.


Our aim is to ensure our patients feel confident when they receive Osteopathic care.

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