What is osteomyology?

Modern lifestyles ask a lot of our bodies!

It's no wonder then, that at times, our bodies protest. Pain and illness are a sure sign that something is wrong. Joint pain alone costs the NHS in excess of £5 billion annually and over 2 million working days are lost to back pain alone.

What is an Osteomyologist?

An Osteomyologist may well be able to help you. Increasingly, they are becoming an indispensable part of an integrated medical service that complements, supports and augments traditional health care practice. Although treatment is not available on the NHS, it is widely available throughout the U.K., with home visits and 24 hour emergency cover sometimes available. However, most treatments take place within the privacy of a clinic or private treatment room.

Osteomyologists are members of a relatively new organisation. The Association of Osteomyologists is a growing, respected organisation that encompasses a wide variety of alternative practitioners. All registered members follow lawful, ethical guidelines, are fully qualified and partake in continuing professional development. They are encouraged to undertake research into the treatment of different conditions. The Association has grown out of the common belief that, being qualified in a variety of techniques and having them at their disposal leads to a multi-disciplined practitioners, who are therefore able to adapt treatments for different conditions and individuals circumstances.

What will the treatment involve?

Emma giving treatment

An Osteomyologist will treat both the symptoms and the root cause of a condition with aim to alleviating symptoms and preventing reoccurrence whenever possible. Because the body is treated as a whole, treatment for long-term and repetitive problems is particularly effective. Osteomyology encourages the skilled use of a variety of techniques and exercise advice to affect an improvement and to reduce symptoms. Not all Osteomyologists will use all of these techniques, only those with the relevant qualifications. When necessary, an Osteomyologist will refer you to other professionals including your GP and Consultant specialists.

Many private health insurance companies and hospital funds now cover treatment by qualified and experienced practitioners.

Reassurance, explanation, time and psychological support go hand in hand with any physical intervention. A good practitioner will treat each patient on an individual basis. Each patient will be provided with a carefully considered treatment plan. Information about the type of treatment to be utilised, the cost, and the number of treatments likely to be needed will be given. When necessary, the need for other professionals to be involved will be carefully explained. Costs vary between each practitioner but expect to pay between £25 and £55 per treatment session.

When choosing an osteomyologist look for the letters M.A.O. (Member of the Association of Osteomyologists) after their name. The association ensures through its strict regulations that every practitioner on the register is properly qualified. Individual practitioners may have other letters after their names including BSc (Hons) indicating that they have reached degree level standard within their discipline. It is advisable to ensure that the practitioner you decide upon holds professional insurance.

What can I expect to happen during a visit?

An osteomyologist is expected to provide a complete Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation programme for all patients where relevant. Every practitioner is expected to provide a high standard of clinical competence within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. An initial consultation will take approximately 1 hour. Within this time, a full medical history will be taken and an examination will determine the nature of the problem and the likely course of action. If appropriate, treatment will then follow. Subsequent treatments last for about 30 minutes.

Recent legislation has made it imperative that ALL employers have a duty of care towards their employees. Osteomyologists are often consulted by Health and Safety managers and Occupational Health Nurses to advise on the suitability of furniture and equipment etc. Many practitioners have experience of legal work, advising and preparing relevant documents to support accident and injury claims.

How do I find an Osteomyologist?

Osteomyologists are keen to provide effective care, treatment and advice. They belong to a growing band of professionals who believe that they have an increasing role to play in the health of the nation. Most will advertise in the Yellow pages or similar, word of mouth is often a good indicator, but for further information regarding Osteomyologists in your area, please contact the Association on 0208 5041426.

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