What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that is able to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical problems. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues being balanced and functioning smoothly together.


Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.


Who sees an osteopath?

Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages including babies.  Osteopaths do not treat conditions; they treat people who have a condition or might have been given the label of a condition.


Common conditions that patients may present to an osteopath with include:   

  • Arthritic pain

  • Circulatory problems

  • Digestion problems

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain

  • Cervicogenic headache

  • Joint pain.

  • General, acute & chronic backache, back pain.

  • Generalised aches and pains

  • Migraine prevention

  • Minor sports injuries

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neuralgia

  • Tension and inability to relax

  • Rheumatic pain

  • Sciatica 


Osteopathic healthcare looks at the individual person, and treatment is based on their individual needs.

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