Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between structure and function in the human body, which leads to a focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and will look at the whole person in order to treat the cause, rather than just symptoms of pain and other conditions.

As osteopaths we use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and a variety of soft tissue techniques to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help the body’s own healing mechanisms. We work to restore the body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’ and back pain is what we treat a lot of the time. We treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people. Below are examples of many conditions we can help with:

Back/Neck Pain

Arthritic pain Cervicogenic Headache Circulatory problems
Digestion problems Frozen Shoulder Arthritic pain Joint pain
Lumbago Muscle spasm/tension Cramp Neuralgia
Rheumatic pain Sciatica Tennis/golfer's Elbow Sports injuries
Fibromyalgia Tension/inability to relax Rheumatic Pain General aches and pains

Osteopathy has been around a lot longer than you may be aware - it was founded in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, who started to teach the science of Osteopathy from the American School of Osteopathy in 1892. His teaching was based on a set of holistic philosophies and one of his most famous quotes was "The rule of the artery is absolute, universal it must be unobstructed or disease will result".

To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.
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