Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a discreet medical speciality that recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions.

Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles and soft tissue. They work with their hands, using techniques such as deep tissue massage, manipulation, stretching and mobilisation to increase the mobility of joints and to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues. This aids the body’s own healing mechanisms to treat conditions like back pain, sciatica, repetitive strain injury and sports injuries.

It is the work of an Osteopath to recognise and diagnose the cause of the symptoms, and set about the process of restoring a degree of healthy functioning to the whole body by means of ‘hands-on’ treatment and deeply intuitive care.

Regulation of Osteopathy

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety.

Who and what do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Osteopaths are renowned for their expertise in treating back pain. However they are skilled in treating problems with all of the body such as shoulders, knees and ankles.

Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Disc injuries including sciatica
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Post-traumatic injuries (e.g. whiplash)
  • Shoulder conditions (e.g. rotator cuff syndrome)
  • Stress related disorders
  • Muscle tension and tears
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Joint and muscle pains in pregnancy
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