What is Osteopathy and what do we treat?

One in four visits to the GP are for musculo skeletal pain affecting bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Osteopathy offers a gentle and effective alternative to relieve such pain and stiffness without the need for medication.

Osteopathy is a ‘hands on’ therapy and one of the oldest approaches to medicine and health. Osteopaths are trained to diagnose and treat issues of the musculo-skeletal system working with muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments. Osteopaths have highly developed palpation skills to find areas of stress and strain in your body and then go onto treat these issues, some of which may be away from the area of pain.

Osteopaths use gentle, hands-on techniques designed to reduce swelling, improve joint mobility and release muscle tension. These techniques include soft tissue massage, soft tissue stretching, muscle energy techniques, articulatory techniques and where appropriate manipulation.

Most people seek osteopathic treatment because they are in pain. Headaches, backaches, neck pain, sporting injuries and sciatica are the most common complaints that osteopaths treat. Treatment is suitable for all ages ranging from very young babies to the very elderly.

Osteopthy can help reduce the symptoms associated with a number of conditions including:

  • Back / Neck / Shoulder Pain
  • Generalized aches and pains including pain from arthritis
  • Headaches / Migraine
  • Sports Injuries
  • Restricted Mobility
  • Pain in pregnancy
  • Sciatica and other trapped nerves
  • Stress Related Problems
  • Poor Posture, often work related
  • Gentle osteopathic treatment, including cranial techniques, suitable for babies.
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • And almost any pain involving your body structure

Osteopathy is statutorily regulated by The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) (Osteopath’s Act 1993).