The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline on non-specific low back pain (i.e. that which is musculoskeletal in origin, involving the muscles, joints, discs, bones and ligaments) states that a course of manual therapy, which includes spinal manipulation, should be offered. For a summary of their recommendations, read the following press release from NICE.
With this in mind I did some research and found that the NHS Brighton & Hove City Primary Care Trust last updated their policy on the provision of osteopathy in 2008, in which NHS funding for osteopathy was deemed inappropriate in their opinion. However, this policy has not changed since the NICE guidelines were issued.
Will this position change?
I recently contacted NHS Brighton & Hove City Primary Care Trust to query this and to ask whether they thought the position might change following the planned NHS reforms. The answer I got was a categorical "no". Apparently, they currently commission