Training and Regulation of Osteopaths in the UK

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Training and Regulation of Osteopaths in the UK

In the UK, the Osteopathic profession is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council and by law, an Osteopath must be registered with the Council to practise. To remain registered, they must comply with strict regulatory requirements and high standards of professional practice. They must also maintain regular professional development.

These requirements give patients the same sort of guarantees and protection as those given by doctors and dentists.

Osteopaths are trained to degree level attaining either a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or integrated Masters (MOst). Training takes a minimum of four years and includes a requirement to have over 1000 hours clinical experience with patients prior to registration.
Osteopaths are recognised by NHS England as Allied Health Professionals, playing a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people of all ages.

We are members of the Institute of Osteopathy, the professional membership organisation for osteopaths, committed to the support and development of the osteopathic profession.
Membership of the Institute of Osteopathy affords assurances to the public, patients and colleagues, that we provide the highest quality service and care.

For more information on the Institute of Osteopathy, visit or call 01582 488455

To make an appointment, please contact:

Carolyn McGregor BSc (Osteopathy)., BA Div (Hons)., MARH., Registered Osteopath Registered Homoeopath at Petersfield Osteopathy, 1a, Spain Buildings, 28 The Spain. Petersfield. Hants. GU32 3LA. M: 07766330489 Practice: 01730 267 224

About Osteopathy
This information has been produced by the Institute of Osteopathy to provide the public with information on osteopathic care and treatment.

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About Osteopaths:

Osteopathic practice is a safe and effective form of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health issues.
Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals who are experts in the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles and associated tissues) and its relationship to other systems of the body, to keep you as healthy as you can be.
Osteopaths see people of all ages from babies to the elderly and everyone in between, including pregnant women and elite athletes.
You do not need to consult your GP before you visit an osteopath, although you may wish to do so.

What to expect:

Osteopaths are highly skilled professionals who are trained in diagnosing health issues, including those which may require further investigation.
When you first visit an osteopath you’ll be asked about your current symptoms and medical history. All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with the standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), May 2018.
It is natural in most circumstances to worry about your symptoms and the cause. You can be confident that your osteopath will always complete a routine examination that checks for more serious diagnoses and will advise and discuss with you any further action that might be required.

After this examination, your osteopath will discuss your treatment options and you will then jointly decide an appropriate and suitable treatment plan, and the likely associated costs. This plan may involve several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and/or referrals to another appropriate health care professional.

Your treatment may begin at your first appointment. Your Osteopath should advise you on what you are likely to experience in terms of symptom resolution following treatment, and the duration of time you should expect this to take. Depending on the nature of your presenting symptoms and underlying health, you may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases this will pass within 24 hours.

If you have any concerns about your treatment you are encouraged to discuss them further with your Osteopath.


If you wish, you are more than welcome to bring someone with you to your consultation.

Petersfield Osteopathy Registered Osteopaths can provide a dedicated chaperone to assist and support you during treatment.

You will be offered the opportunity to have a chaperone present. Your appointment will be arranged to enable a chaperone to be present throughout your appointment. Appointments with a chaperone will generally require advanced booking and notification. Your Osteopath can discuss with you how and when a chaperone is helpful or necessary during any examination process or Osteopathic treatment.

The assessment:

As part of your consultation your osteopath will examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort and may undertake tests such as taking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes.
It may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing, so that they can assess the areas of the body causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, you can bring with you clothing such as shorts, t-shirt or close fitting garments, that will enable them to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable. Females are advised to wear sports/gym wear. Males are encouraged to bring a pair of shorts to enable effective examination and treatment.

Your Osteopath will use a highly trained sense of touch, called palpation to feel for changes in your muscles and joints and examine these areas to identify problems. They may also assess your posture and the way you move. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so they may examine your whole body.

Dependant on your case, your Osteopath may suggest that you seek further tests before your first treatment, for example blood tests or scans. They may also recommend that you consult your GP or another appropriate healthcare professional for onward care.

Your treatment:

Osteopathic care is based on the individual needs of the patient and so varies depending on your age, fitness levels and diagnosis.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. These are often used together with exercise and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health.

Research has shown that manual therapy such as that used by Osteopaths, can have beneficial effects, especially for back pain, helping you to return to ordinary movement and activity.

The health risks associated with having osteopathic treatment are extremely low. A leaflet describing the risks and benefits of Osteopathic assessment and treatment can be provided to you.

If you have any concerns about your treatment, we encourage you to raise them with your Osteopath who will be happy to discuss them with you.

Osteopaths in the UK are registered and regulated by The General Osteopathic Council.

Osteopaths in the UK may also be members of additional Osteopathic Associations, such as the Institute of Osteopaths and other professional organisations, reflecting their particular academic, clinical and professional interests.

Carolyn McGregor BSc (Ost.)., BA Div (Hons)., MARH., is registered with:

Registered with The General Osteopathic Council, Osteopathy House, 176 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3YY.

Telephone: 0207 357 6655 (GOSc Registration: 414)
Registered with The Institute of Osteopathy, 3 Park Terrace, Manor Road, Luton. Beds. LU1 3HN.

Telephone: 01582 488 455 (iO Registration: 2237)

Registered with The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, Millbrook Hill, Nutley, East Sussex, TN22 3PJ.

Telephone: 01825 714506 (ARH Registration: 577)

Advice for Storing Homeopathic Remedies

Written by Carolyn McGregor BSc (Ost.), B.A Div. (Hons)., MARH., Registered Osteopath (GOSc 414) Registered Homoeopath (ARH 577)

Principal Osteopath at Petersfield Osteopathy, 1a, Spain Buildings, 28 The Spain. Petersfield. Hants. GU32 3LA.

M:07766330489 Email:

Storage of Homoeopathic medicines:

Please store your remedies away from direct sunlight, strong odours, pharmaceutical medicines, all electrical/emitting equipment including telephones, mobile phone or microwave.
A useful place is a drawer which you visit every day, or consider making your bedroom a device free space by investing in an alarm clock!
The recommended exposure time to our mobile phones is 20 minutes in 24 hours, following a UK government research programme.

Taking your homoeopathic medicines:

To optimise the efficacy of your remedies, please take your remedy on a clean palate with nothing to eat or drink 15 minutes before or after placing the remedy under your tongue.
If taking a daily remedy, try to take your remedy at the same time of day, ideally when relaxed and resting.
Like beautiful food, take a moment, with intention and focus on your healing as you take the remedy. Positive intention will support your body’s best efforts to heal.

Antidotes of Homoeopathic medicines:

Camphor, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus (used in cough medicines and vapour rubs), and some essential oils used externally, appear to cause antidoting of Homoeopathic medicines.
Some spices also appear to cause interaction with Homoeopathic medicines, which provoke a strong sweating response, such as Fenugreek or chilli if routinely used.

If you are happy to use a good quality non – peppermint toothpaste this will optimise your body’s healing with Homoeopathy, as well as to lower the intake of frothing agents and preservatives!

The chemical structure of coffee gives it the particular aroma. It also has one of the longest organic molecular chains in nature. It can have profound effects on our body’s physiology and certain bodily constitutions are more susceptible to coffee than others.
Equally specific homoeopathic medicines are more susceptible to antidoting from coffee. Looking at both aspects of this conversation is why Homoeopaths generally request that their patients refrain from drinking coffee whilst receiving Homoeopathic care.

Commonly asked questions:

How soon will my remedy act?

Once taken, Homoeopathic medicines may act immediately, or over time, depending upon the nature of the remedy itself and way in which the remedy has been prescribed. Your Homoeopath takes the specific nature of the remedy, its healing properties, duration of action and interaction with other remedies into account when prescribing for you.

Each Homoeopathic medicine has by its nature, an optimum period of time over which it acts.
For instance Belladonna acts with speed and energy and is useful in healing acute symptoms associated with fever states, where speed is of the essence in working along side the efficacy of the fever to heal infection.

Homeopathic remedies have a working relationship to each other. This can be supportive and enhancing the action of a particular central remedy upon which your Homoeopath will be focussing their intention as a central theme of the focus of your healing.

Remedies have personalities as huge and encompassing; diverse and as rich as the people we prescribe for.

Remedy relationships are like human families.

Certain Homeopathic remedies will act together supportively in a framework of mutual coherence and share a broadly similar focus of action, and act in like environments in a familiar way.

Homoeopaths have an ever deepening understanding of remedy relationship through training and clinical experience, as well as the traditions of prescribing upon which Homoeopathy is founded, to refer and seek guidance from when evaluating your remedy/ies.
Homoeopathy as a system of healing and medicine is inherently safe.

The beauty of Homoeopathy in part lies in the intrinsic patterns of reflective thinking, testing and arriving at the evaluative process of thought which each Homoeopath undertakes in considering ‘the simillimum’.

By nature, Homoeopathy permits the lucid, clear testing of hypothesis within the very structure innate to the journey undertaken to prescribing. Through the thorough search within the Material Medica and Repertorisation process which a Homoeopath must undertake in order to understand the person, their presenting symptoms, ‘the case’ more broadly speaking, and the nature of the Homeopathic remedy in its action in the curative process.

Alongside this, a Homoeopath must have a thorough going knowledge of the plant, mineral and animal and environmental kingdoms from which each remedy has its origin.

Knowledge and understanding of the botany of the plant; the geology and chemistry of the mineral composition remedies; the biology and physiology, and emotional characteristics of remedies derived from the animal kingdoms, for example are part of the working knowledge of the Homoeopath.

The ‘simillimum’ is that remedy found in Nature which most closely acts by its nature, in correspondence to the presenting symptoms and underlying state of health seen and gained through effective case taking with the patient.

Homoeopathy can be safely prescribed during peri-conceptual phases; pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Homoeopathy can be safely prescribed alongside pharmaceutical medicines. Please keep your Homoeopath informed of any changes to your prescribed medication.

How long will my remedy last?

The time during which a remedy may act can also be influenced by the potency of the remedy, and whether several remedies are prescribed to support each other.
A single medicine may act powerfully as a stand alone remedy, or your Homoeopath may decide to use several remedies together to support the body in its direction of cure. Some remedies are by their inherent nature designed to act quickly, others may act more slowly, and some over a considerable period of time.

How long do Homoeopathic medicines keep?

If stored well, Homoeopathic medicines can remain fully effective for over a hundred years, if kept in optimal conditions.

Our original mother tinctures held by the Homoeopathic pharmacies may contain original medicines created by our founding Homoeopaths. This is an extraordinary blessing.
The ‘sell by date’ on over the counter homoeopathic medicines is given because over the counter remedies are regulated by the foods and supplements legislation, not the Medicines Act. I would add, that from my own viewpoint, the quality of over the counter homoeopathy can be variable because these medicines may not have been created in the optimal conditions of the excellent Homoeopathic pharmacies or indeed may not have been stored in optimal conditions once on the shelf.

What else can I do to support by body to heal?

The direction of cure that the body takes in its healing is unique to each individual. However there are general patterns in which direction of cure takes. The body’s best attempt to cure can be supported by taking a look at any behaviour that interrupts the ability of the body to heal.

Avoid any substance which when ingested, alters the vital action of a particular organ and its physiologic action in relation to other organs. All addictive substances have such effect: coffee, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, drugs.

Example: Regular coffee intake, increases adrenal output, diminishes kidney function, impedes optimal functioning of the liver and causes the brainstem to have a higher state of arousal than normal. This in turn affects the regulating of heart and lungs.
If a person is repeatedly taking coffee, the vital action of the body has to contend with the long term effects of coffee consumption. This slows normal, healthy physiology and thus makes it harder for the body to heal effectively.

Avoid patterns of behaviour which aggravate the body: prolonged anxiety; over work; prolonged caring for others; chronic ill health; situations where your daily patterns are adversely determined by the actions of others; routines which have become dull, boring, redundant.

Optimise your health by bringing flexibility and spontaneity into your life.
Look at the good patterns that safe guard your health, try and resolve those patterns which impede your health.

Make time for silence and peace.

Carolyn McGregor BSc (Osteopathy)., BA Div (Hons)., MARH., is registered with:

Registered with The General Osteopathic Council, Osteopathy House, 176 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3YY. Telephone: 0207 357 6655 (GOSc Registration: 414)

Registered with The Institute of Osteopathy, 3 Park Terrace, Manor Road, Luton. Beds. LU1 3HN. Telephone: 01582 488 455 (iO Registration: 2237)

Registered with The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, Millbrook Hill, Nutley, East Sussex, TN22 3PJ. Telephone: 01825 714506 (ARH Registration: 577)

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2022/2023:

Osteopathy for Athletes and Sports Injuries

Saturday 24th December 2022: 08:15am – 15:00pm;

Sunday 25th December 2022: CLOSED

Monday 26th December 2022: CLOSED

Tuesday 27th December 2022: 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Wednesday 28th December 2022: 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Thursday 29th December 2022: 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Friday 30th December 2022: 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Saturday 31st December 2002: 08:15am – 15:00pm;

Sunday 1st January 2023: CLOSED

Monday 2nd January 2023: CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd January 2023: NORMAL CLINIC RESUMES 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Homoeopathy for Hayfever by Carolyn McGregor

Hayfever: Meadow on Midsummers Day 24.06.16

Homoeopathy for Hayfever:

Hayfever: Meadow on Midsummers Day 24.06.16The beautiful and prolonged warm weather whilst delighting many brings with it increased sensitization for hayfever sufferers. Homoeopathy has a number of methods of prescribing which can diminish sensitization, and boost your immune responses and overall health and well-being. Homeopathy is a beautiful, complex and effective way of understanding our health and what our symptoms are actually expressing about ourselves from all spheres of our being: spiritual, mental/emotional and physical.

The need for the body to have a ‘clear out’ can be expressed in a cold or in ‘hayfever’. Have you ever noticed how your hayfever symptoms may be similar to your cold symptoms. Coincidence? Or might your individual health expressing in its own language of ‘symptoms’ the need for your deeper understanding and care of it? Sometimes, our emotional issues cannot be safely expressed as emotions and become somatised within the body and expressed as physical symptoms.

Meadow at midsummer 24.06.16

Homoeopathy has a number of methodologies or philosophy of understanding and prescribing for the signs and symptoms in the physical responses expressed in Hayfever and may employ Classical Hahnemanian prescribing to boost and support your constitutional health; perhaps in conjunction with Isopathy – providing the body with a small dose of the allergen in potentised Homoeopathic form, for instance for those sensitive to tree pollens, grass pollens or other specific allergens can benefit.

The Homoeopath will also explore with you the prevailing emotions aroused by your suffering, and tailor the Homoeopathic prescribing to your individual needs and emotional state

expressed along with the physical ailments. Here it is worth considering the remedy Allium Cepa, the red Onion. As with all Homoeopathic remedy pictures, the scope of detail within the Homoeopathic proving of Allium Cepa is magnificent. Homoeopaths may prescribe upon a particular facet of the remedy or upon its entirety, the simillimum being the key, of ‘like treating like’.

Hayfever: meadow on midsummer's day 24.06.16

Cutting up raw onions provokes active sneezing and lachrymation. Allium Cepa causes increased secretions by acting on the mucous membranes of eyes, nose, larynx and bowels. The remedy therefore has enormous merit in the treatment of common colds and Hayfever. The desire for raw onions may indicate its need. Hayfever and acrid nasal discharges with laryngeal symptoms may indicates its need.

Coryza, headache, cough and hoarseness. Acute colds from damp weather. Coughs, cold or headache, worse in a warm room, better in the open air, worse again on returning to a warm room. Worse damp weather, spring, evening. Rest aggravates, motion ameliorates. Worse afternoon and evening, when lying down.

The cough of Allium Cepa is caused by tickling, with the constant inclination to hack in order to relieve it. The cough may be provoked by inhaling cold air (cf. Rumex Crispus).

Causations, the conditions which may induce the remedy picture of Allium Cepa are damp, cold wind; colds of spring; Hayfever of August; epidemics of spasmodic coughs in autumn.Hayfever: Meadow on Midsummers Day 24.06.16

Eyes red, sensitive to touch, flow of tears; burning, smarting lachrymation. Sensitive to light. Burning in eyelids, worse coughing, desire to rub them. Swelling around the eye.

Earache, shooting pain in Eustachian tube. Aching extands into the throat. Itching in ears from allergies. Otitis media. Discharge of pus. Hardness of hearing.

Headache, dull, with coryza. Catarrhal headache, forehead, worse in a warm room, towards evening. Aching in forehead, extending to eyes and face, better for free running coryza. Pain in occiput extending down the neck.

Nose drips. Burning and smarting in the nose. Profuse watery discharge with sneezing, acrid burning, excoriating the nose and upper lip. Sensitive to the odour of flowers and the skin of peaches. Feeling of a lump at the root of the nose. Hayfever (cf. Euphr, Sabad, Psor) Allergies every August.

Hoarseness of throat; sensation of a lump in the throat. Tickling in the larynx. Expectoration of lumpy mucous from posterior sinuses. Sensation as if larynx split or torn. Pain in throat extending into the ear.

The distressing symptoms of Hayfever can be ameliorated by careful Homoeopathic prescribing. Over the counter Homoeopathic medicines can be a hit or miss experience for most members of the public, as Hayfever reflects disturbance in the constitutional health and requires the careful case history taking, examination and prescribing by a Registered Homoeopath, who will ensure accurate and careful prescribing tailored to your specific condition with advice about what to expect during your consultation, treatment and symptoms.

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