Osteopathy is a manual therapy based on restoring structural balance to the body by ensuring that the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues are working in unison. To achieve this the osteopath will use manipulation, soft tissue massage and stretching to relieve muscle tension, increase joint mobility and improve the health of the structures by enhancing blood and nerve supply. The holistic view of the body means that osteopaths do not only treat symptomatic areas but also look for the parts of the body that are causing those symptoms.
Osteopathy is a patient centred therapy and, as such, is suitable for almost anyone. It uses a wide range of techniques which means that every patients needs can be considered. Treatment is tailored to each individual and will vary depending on age, fitness and diagnosis.
Although Osteopaths are more commonly know for treating back problems patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, work related problems, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety.