What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of assessment and treatment of problems relating to the musculoskeletal system, i.e. the bones, muscles, joints and connective tissues of the body. It is based on the principle that the well-being of a person is dependent on the smooth functioning of the musculoskeletal system; physical and emotional stresses and injury can lead to dysfunction within this system which can negatively affect health. By improving the function of affected areas and local and systemic mechanics, osteopaths aim to return you to normal or even more efficient function.
What does Osteopathy involve?
Osteopaths use hands-on treatments of soft tissue massage, joint stretching, articulation and mobilisation techniques as well as gentle balancing techniques in order to improve the function of the musculoskeletal system and return you to an improved state of pain-free health. As each person is individual, an individual treatment plan will be tailored to your needs and requirements.
Is Osteopathy Suitable for Me?
Osteopathy and osteopathic techniques are safe for patients of all ages from babies (link to paeds page) to the elderly, including manual workers, office workers, pregnant women and athletes. As each patient is individual, we treat you dependent on your specific needs and requirements.
What can it help with?
As osteopaths treat the person and not the complaint, it can be useful in relieving symptoms of a wide range of health conditions and complains, including:
- General, acute and chronic back pain
- Generalised aches and pains
- Join pain and arthritic pain
- Mechanical neck pain and headaches originating from the neck
- Work-related injuries or postural strains
- Inability to relax
- Minor sports injuries
We offer an osteopathy service for children and babies – head to our paediatric and adolescent services page for more information.
Where can I find more information?
Osteopathy is a government-regulated profession in the UK. The General Osteopathic Council (link to www.osteopathy.org.uk), who are responsible for maintaining standards within the profession and protecting the public. It is an offence to work as an osteopath without being registered with the GOC.