What is Osteopathy?

 

 

Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences the way it functions. By treating restricted movement, function is restored and pain reduced.

Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently.

Over 30,000 people every day visit an osteopath suffering from a variety of conditions including neck and back pain, joint or muscular pain, sports injuries, recurring headaches and more. Many patients are pregnant mothers, those with work strain, or pain and stiffness related to advancing years.  

Osteopathic treatment consists of a variety of manual techniques.

Osteopathic soft tissue work combines a range of methods to improve muscle tone and promote circulation.

Massage, stretches, acupressure, myo-fascial release, neuro-muscular technique, rhythmic and harmonic technique may be employed. Joint mobilisation and specific manipulation (which may involve "clicking" joints) are used to aid joint mobility and function.

Cranial Osteopathic technique is a very gentle approach which can be applied to any part of the body to promote balance of movement and function.

Spinal manipulation combined with exercises has been shown in clinical trials to be highly effective in the treatment of back pain.