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What is osteopathy?


what is OsteopathyWhat is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a physical therapy which uses manual (hands-on) techniques to diagnose and treat structural and mechanical dysfunctions of the body, without the use of drugs or surgery. Massage and joint and muscule stretches are used to improve range of movement and reduce pain and stiffness in the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves).

Many people are aware that Osteopathy can help with aches and pains but don’t realise that it is a holistic (whole body) approach to overall health and wellbeing, based on several principles that are specific to Osteopathy:

The body is a whole (Holistic Approach)

All parts of the body are interconnected and function as a complete unit, not separate parts. This means imbalances in one part of the body can impair the function of another part, like cogs in a machine.

We look for the root cause of the problem

Osteopaths don’t just treat symptoms. By identifying the root cause of the problem we can work out how the problem occurred and what can be done to prevent it happening again. what is osteopathy

The body has an inherent ability to self-heal

Osteopathy helps by removing mechanical obstructions to this process and by providing advice, for example about exercise, to facilitate it.

A healthy muscloskeletal framework is important in maintaining good general health

The spine, ribs and pelvis protect our organs and the blood and nerve supplies to them.

Treatment aims to utilise these founding principles, to not only relieve pain and improve mobility but also to integrate all the body’s systems and functions, promoting good overall health.

Each treatment is tailored to the individual, taking into consideration their lifestyle, occupation and general health.

(Further information can be found on the General Osteopathic Council’s Website)

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Useful Information

GOsC (General Osteopathic Council)

N.I.C.E. (National Institute for Clinical Excellence)

Institute for Osteopathy


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Rob Chernick
BSc (Hons) Ost. Med. D.O.N.D
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Gemma Irvine
BSc (Hons) Ost. Med. D.O.N.D Msc Paediatric Osteopathy
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BSc (Hons) Ost. Med. D.O.N.D
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