Is Osteopathy safe and effective?
Osteopathy is a statutory regulated profession, which means that you are offered the same protection as with seeing a doctor or a dentist. It is an offence to practise as an Osteopath unless you are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, whose criteria are very stringent including education to a degree level, ongoing continual professional development and full indemnity insurance. All Osteopaths at the Sussex Back Pain Clinic are registered.
Osteopathy treatment is very effective with studies showing that 80% of people improve after 3 to 4 treatments*.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), which sets the national clinical guidelines for care and management of adults, has recommended osteopathic treatment as a primary treatment option for non-specific back pain. It is also extraordinarily safe, with a risk of serious complications from treatment so low as to be virtually immeasurable (1 in 36,000 or 0.000027% chance).
How quickly will I get better?
The average treatment length is between 4 and 6 sessions but this will depend on your condition and how long you have had your symptoms. It will also depend on your goals – wanting to run a marathon as opposed to being able to garden without getting back ache will require different treatment regimes – but we are focused on helping you achieve your goals whatever they are.
Once we have achieved your goals we actively encourage you to maintain your improvements by checking that you keep up with changing lifestyle, postural improvements and exercises to prevent recurrence of your problem.