Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal and other related problems. It is an approach that takes full account of you, your circumstances, background and medical history. 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.
Who and what do osteopaths treat? Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, back pain and pelvic pain due to changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the joint pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.