Exercise guidelines for people with osteoarthritis

New draft guidelines for the NHS have said that exercise should play a part in the treatment of people suffering with wear-and-tear joint arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common  condition with an estimated  7.4 million people in England over the age of 45 with it. Symptoms can range from being relatively mild to causing severe pain, stiffness and swelling that can make exercising difficult, but according to the new NICE guidelines, physical activity should be the main treatment – not painkillers.

If you suffer from osteoarthritis your osteopath as well has helping relieve pain through gentle hands on treatment can also provide a range of exercises suited to your particular symptoms.

May 2022

LSO baby clinic reopens

The London School of Osteopathy is delighted to announce that they have reopened their popular paediatric clinic that had been suspended due to Covid & the logistical constraints it imposed. Prior to March 2020 the baby clinic would see a dozen infants each week including newborns, and we sometimes work alongside midwives, health visitors and lactation consultants. Others were self-referrals from parents who had heard about the positive impact that osteopathy could have on the health and well-being of their babies and children.

Infants are treated with a range of  techniques including cranial osteopathy which is a gentle but effective hands-on treatment that can help babies at all stages of development.  These very gentle techniques are used to reduce areas of tension, enhance correct function and help the baby to relax. At the London School of Osteopathy babies, children and teenagers are treated by fully qualified osteopaths who have many years of experience in paediatrics with senior students observing and assisting in the appointment.

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April 2022

International Healthcare Week

International Osteopathic Healthcare week 18- 24 April

International Healthcare Week (IOHW) brings together the global community of osteopaths and osteopathic physicians to celebrate our shared philosophy of mind-body-spirit, and to educate patients, the public, and regulatory authorities.  This year’s theme is: Moving, Soothing, Grooving.

The theme was chosen because:

  • OSTEOPATHY keeps you moving
  • Soothing touch of OSTEOPATHY
  • OSTEOPATHY helps you find your groove

Find out more about International Healthcare Week (IOHW) and the work of International Osteopathic Alliance  (OIA)

April 2022

iO report demonstrates quality in osteopathic practice

The iO has just published ‘Quality in Osteopathic Practice’, a report on patient experience, evidence, impact, training and regulation of osteopathic practice in the UK. The report collates the latest information and evidence relevant to osteopathic practice, supported by case studies on the impact of osteopaths across a number of different settings. Published with colleagues in the Health and Social care sector in mind, it provides a concise and evidence informed view of the profession and how osteopaths can potentially support wider health and social care services across the UK.

March 2021

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iO and PHE co-report to help tackle childhood obesity

The Institute of Osteopathy has co-produced a new consensus statement by Public Health England titled: “Supporting professionals to have healthier weight conversations”. The statement, first published in September, aims to overcome the nation’s widespread childhood obesity problem by facilitating the public health workforce to have healthier weight conversations.


The use of aerobic exercise as an effective treatment for depression

Research has shown that aerobic exercise is an effective treatment for depression.  A systematic review of 11 trials with 455 adult participants shows an encouraging addition to the evidence-base.

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Snapshot summaries of clinical evidence

An LSO graduate, Jay Ruddock, has provided a snapshot summary regarding exercise therapy in the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis.  Evidence suggests that exercise in general can help patients manage the pain of hip and knee osteoarthritis. Further key messages from this Snapshot Summary include:

  • Appropriate exercise can be prescribed irrespective of age, pain level, comorbidity and disability.
  • Catering to the patient’s specific needs and circumstances may improve adherence, which is important for improvements in outcomes.