Osteopathy is a well-established “manual medicine” that many people look to for the treatment and prevention of the pain and reduced mobility which can arise from problems in the neuro-muscular-skeletal system.
But it is not just a means of treating mechanical conditions: it is a discrete system of medicine of its own that can be offered - with limits - to help with a range of conditions not normally associated with orthopaedic problems.
An osteopath will stretch, manipulate, massage and move a patient’s muscles and joints, increasing mobility, relieving muscle tension and spasms, restoring blood flow and – critically - assisting the body to heal itself. No drugs or surgery are involved.
According to the General Osteopathic Council, around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day: patients of any age can be treated gently, safely and effectively.
Every osteopath has to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, and to be full insured. They also have to undertake a continuing programme of learning and professional development.