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Osteopathy at Body Back-Up

Body Back-Up are a team of osteopaths with clinics in West Hampstead, London NW3 and Maidenhead. We treat a wide range of problems from sports injuries to back pain, sciatica and scoliosis, and help people make adjustments to their work, lifestyle or sports training.

We pride ourselves on offering a 6- step treatment process ensures that we provide the best care, from understanding what to expect on your first visit, to treating your problem and listening to your feedback.

We also offer video consultations, which can be used to diagnose whether further treatment is needed without a visit to the clinic. They can help with setting up your home or office workstation.

Our online booking system allows you to choose your clinic, practitioner and appointment time and book immediately.

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Treatment room at the Body Back-Up osteopathic clinic West Hampstead

What is Osteopathy?

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Osteopathy can help with many problems including back pain and sports injury

Osteopathy is a manual hands on therapy that works primarily by manipulating the joints and muscles in the body to both prevent and treat problems. 

All osteopaths complete a minimum 4-year degree course and are regulated in the UK by the General Osteopathic Council. Osteopaths are First Contact Practitioners and an Allied Health Profession. Many osteopaths also work in musculoskeletal departments of the NHS.

Osteopaths view the body as a whole and treat not where it hurts but why it hurts. Pain in one area of the body may often be a symptom of tension or misalignment elsewhere, possibly as a compensatory reaction to injury, or to lifestyle issues such as driving position or workstation setup.

What Can Osteopathy Treat?

Osteopathy can treat or help with any condition which has its roots in musculoskeletal causes. We treat problems like back pain and neck aches, joint pains such as hip, knee or ankle pain, sports injuries and chronic conditions such as sciatica and scoliosis. We are also able to treat certain other conditions, such as digestion problems and certain types of headache and migraine.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of what we can treat but designed as a guide. For more information feel free to contact us.

  • Arthritic pain
  • Back pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Cramp
  • Digestion problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder & shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain & tennis elbow
  • Tension headaches
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
  • General aches and pains
  • Lumbago
  • Migraine prevention
  • Sport injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Tension and inability to relax
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
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The Four Principles of Osteopathy

The four main principles of osteopathy, created by its founder Dr. Andrew Taylor Still at the end of the 19th century, form the basis of osteopathic thinking and influence osteopathic treatment plans.

The Four Principles of Osteopathy are:

1) The body is a unit

The body is considered as a whole. Each part affects each and every other part and the whole is greater than simply the sum of its parts.

2) Structure governs function

If the structure of the body is compromised (for example through injury, overuse, strain, etc.), then it is very likely to have an adverse affect on its function (for example manifesting as pain, stiffness, instability, etc.).

3) The body is its own ‘Medicine Chest’

Every person has their own built in healing mechanisms, which can be stimulated and supported by removing restrictive barriers. Once the barriers are removed, the body is usually able to resolve all but the most serious conditions.

4) The ‘Rule of the Artery’ is supreme

For healing to occur there needs to be a good enough blood supply to provide the troubled area


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