What Is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to health care that recognizes the important link between the structure of your body and how it functions. Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health and wellbeing.

Traditionally osteopaths treat muscular skeletal problems such as back and neck pain headaches and other joint pain. As well as this treatment may positively affect the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems to support and restore a person’s optimal function.

We take a comprehensive case history, and use hands on assessment to assess the problem.

Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy. When an osteopath looks at an injury they consider the way the body as a whole is suffering from the injury rather than the injury in isolation. They would look at the way the body has compensated for the injury and through gentle work on muscles, ligaments, soft tissues, nerves and sometimes visceral organs aim to address the problem rather than just provide symptomatic relief.

Osteopaths aim to understand the underlying causes of the pain or injury through case history, observation, hands on examination and special testing. This is followed by gentle work on the muscles, ligaments, soft tissues and sometimes the visceral organs and nervous system.

An osteopath may also provide advice on diet, appropriate exercise, stress reduction posture and breathing to assist the body to recover.

Osteopaths are five year University trained and are required by their registering body’s to complete continuing education courses each year. They are trained to recognize serious conditions that require medical referral.