Osteopathy is a branch of medicine based on the concept that the structure of the body influences how well it functions. The osteopath is a body mechanic whose aim is to gently restore the patient’s frame to what functions best for them. This usually involves carefully working on structures such as muscles, ligaments, bones and nerves to relieve tension and increase joint mobility.
Restricted joints may produce stiffness and pain locally and may also irritate neighbouring structures leading to problems in more distant parts of the body. For example, low back problems can produce leg pain and neck problems can result in headaches.
Osteopathic patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.
Like any good form of medicine the osteopath’s aim is to help the body’s own repair mechanisms to work as effectively as possible.
While we do not claim to be able to treat everything and everyone, osteopathy can often help more conditions than people realise. For a full range of conditions see What we treat.
Manipulation, the so-called “clicking” of the joints to free them may form part of the treatment but other osteopathic techniques are also used such as Cranial Osteopathy and soft tissue massage. We also use ultrasound with osteopathy to treat conditions like frozen shoulder and knee problems.
As important as the hands-on treatment, is the individual advice that the osteopath will give each patient to improve their health long term. This includes posture, ergonomics, food regime, lifestyle and simple corrective exercises.