what is osteopathyWhat is Osteopathy? It’s a medical practice based on a drug-free non-invasive manual therapy. As an approach to healthcare, it emphasises the role of the musculoskeletal system in the maintenance of optimal health and the prevention and treatment of illness.

It is underpinned by a philosophy of the body as an interrelated unit of structure and function. Alteration in the structure of the body leads to reduced or impaired function in its organs and tissues. Compensation gradually builds up until the body is unable to accommodate more change, at which time it may break down at the weakest part, even after something quite trivial.

Osteopaths therefore focus on manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, rather than focus on isolated problem areas. These therapeutic interventions facilitate the patient’s inherent recuperative powers.

Osteopathy in Practice

Osteopathy is a ‘hands on’ manual therapy which takes into account a patient’s personal and medical history. In combination with dietary, postural and occupational advice as well as counselling, it is a practical and effective treatment for the treatment of a range of illnesses and injuries and also assists in the ongoing management of pain and disease.

By paying attention to the significance of any change in structure or function (the joints, muscles, ligaments, bones and connective tissue) an osteopath is able to interpret whole patterns of aches, pains and general health problems.

Headaches, for example, are the final symptom of lower back or foot related problems. An osteopath therefore will find and treat the underlying cause of the problem rather than treat the symptoms of a problem with drugs and medication.

The information on this website will give you an idea of the range of problems we can help with. Osteopathy may be able to help you, and we will always work with you in partnership, discussing our suggested options for treatment or referral. We work with your GP to make sure that safety is a top priority. Please be clear that Osteopathy is not offered as a cure for any condition. We help your body to work at it’s best, helping it’s own healing to have the best chance.