Osteopathy is a drug-free non-invasive manual therapy that can be used to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions. It is suitable for almost anyone and focuses on a persons health by treating and strengthening the musculo-skeletal framework.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle techniques such as deep tissue massage, stretching, joint articulation and manipulation. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. Patients may be referred by their GP or may opt to see an osteopath independently.
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.
Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including:
- back pain
- repetitive strain injury
- changes to posture in pregnancy
- postural problems caused by driving or work strain
- the pain of arthritis
- sports injuries
- neck pain
- shoulder and arm pain
- pelvis, hip and leg problems