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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.

Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners that focus on diagnosis and treatment of the Musculoskeletal system including the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. It compliments mainstream medicine and combines scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology with clinical methods of investigation and considers relevant psychosocial factors.

It is distinctive by the fact that it recognises that much of the pain from which we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structures and is based on the philosophy that the body functions more efficiently if it is aligned properly.

Osteopaths are rigorously trained to use their hands and have a highly developed sense of touch to assist in identifying the source of pain, form a diagnosis and to provide treatment.

We adopt a thorough, caring and holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and with this in mind we treat the whole person and not just the area where pain and restriction are felt. Every individual is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint. When appropriate, physical treatment is applied to suit the needs of each individual patient through a variety of techniques.

All techniques used are safe for all ages including adults, children and babies. Patients sometimes report a clicking sound when stronger manipulation is used, this is simply the sound of small gas bubbles popping within the joint. Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt.

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Osteopaths’ Code of conduct

Osteopaths undergo an extensive 4-5 year training process and they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Being registered with the GOsC ensures that all osteopaths work to strict clinical and ethical guidelines.