About Osteopathy

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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients’ general health.

Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal, and osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness.

Osteopaths’ patient-centred approach to health and well-being means they consider symptoms in the context of the patient’s full medical history, as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient.

Taken from General Osteopathic council website.

Who and what do osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.

Taken from General Osteopathic council website.