prevention is better than a cure !

A gorgeous sky first thing over the borders “Pink sky in the morning, shepherds warning” …lower back pain often comes with a warning, don’t let aches and pains become more than they should, take heed and come and see me ! .or to coin another phrase “prevention is better than a cure”

chiari malformation

My daughter florence was diagnosed with this condition in 2010 aged 2.  My osteopathic skills helped diagnose her before she saw a medical team. The Borders General Hospital pediatric department got the ball rolling and without them, there may have been a different outcome. Since then we have had two operations at Sick kids in Edinburgh, they have been quite simply amazing.


Common Symptoms

Chiari has a wide ranging, diverse set of symptoms and affects everyone differently. Research shows that 95% of patients experience at least 5 symptoms.


Chiari Symptoms Image


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Did you know?

There are more than 4,600 osteopaths registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which includes some who practise abroad. Those practising in the UK carry out more than seven million consultations every year. Of those consultations, 54% of new patients are seen within one working day of contacting the osteopath and 95% are seen within one week.

The profession attracts almost equal numbers of male and female practitioners, and some have already qualified in another healthcare practice such as medicine, nursing or physiotherapy.

The majority of UK osteopaths (86%) practise in England, with 3.2% in Scotland, 2.4% in Wales, 0.4% in Northern Ireland and 8.4% working overseas.

Most osteopaths are self-employed and work in the private sector, although some are working in multi-disciplinary environments within the NHS and in occupational healthcare in public bodies and private companies.  All osteopaths, wherever they work, must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

source : general osteopathic council website/

How are osteopaths regulated ?

An Osteopaths training is a full-time honors degree course over a period of 4 years.

The General Osteopathic Council  make sure that osteopaths keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date with our lifelong learning programme of continual professional development , which consists of 30 hrs a year. Without this an osteopath can not be registered.

Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year and the GOsC provide registrants with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements

There are currently 4,814 osteopaths (as at 3 January 2014) on the UK Statutory Register of Osteopaths.

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