What are the common conditions treated?
Osteopaths treat a wide range of conditions such as :
Musculoskeletal Pain (low back pain. neck pain, knee pain, hip pain, ankle sprain, tennis elbow, golfer elbow), headache, migraine, vertigo, dizziness, sciatica, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, TMJ disorder, postural problem, digestive disturbances (constipation, reflux, abdominal bloating/pain), sports injury, pregnancy related symptoms, asthma, chronic ear infection, infant colic, club foot, sinus.
What should I expect during a consultation?
Osteopaths start by taking a case history in order to understand each individuals and to narrow down the presenting complaint by taking diet and lifestyle into consideration. The Osteopath then proceed to a detailed physical examination which includes observation, palpation, passive and active movement as well as some orthopaedic or neurological tests. The Osteopath then formulates a diagnosis, and treat accordingly in a holistic, safe, effective and professional manner.
The initial consultation is usually an hour long and the follow up is 40-45 min.
What are the osteopathic standards and regulations?
An Osteopath is required to undertake 4-5 years of training in order to obtain a master degree.
Every year, Osteopaths must provide proof for undertaking continuing professional development in oder to maintain their status with their registered body.
In England, Osteopaths must be registered with the GOsC (General Osteopathic Council of England) which promotes patient safety by setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice.
In Hong Kong, it is recommended that osteopaths maintain a registration with the HKOA (Hong Kong Osteopathic Association) which encourages the development of Osteopathy in Hong Kong.
Due to its popularity, more and more private medical insurance cover Osteopathy. (Occasionally, a referral letter from your GP is required by your insurance provider)