What is Osteopathy?
The General Osteopathy Council
describes Osteopathy as ‘a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.’ It is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths work to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Treatment techniques used by Osteopaths include touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. As part of your treatment advice may be offered regarding exercises and posture to help aid your recovery and help prevent future episodes.
What Can Osteopaths Treat?
Osteopath’s can treat people of all ages from the very young to the elderly. Problems that osteopathy has successfully treated are back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy and postural problems causes by strains from driving and work posture. Osteopathy can also help with the pains associated with arthritis and minor sports injuries.