Osteopaths diagnose, treat, and help prevent problems with muscles and joints.
This definition is from the General Osteopathic Council:
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use 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.
We work with a variety of techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation (moving your joints) and manipulation (a method of improving the movement of a tight joint).
All our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, the regulatory body for osteopaths in the UK, they are fully insured, and complete at least 30 hours of additional training every year in order to maintain their registration.