What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions.
Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently.
What do Osteopaths do?
Most patients come to the osteopath seeking pain relief – often back pain, but pain anywhere in the body may be caused by the musculoskeletal system.
Alongside standard medical history taking and orthopaedic tests, osteopaths use their hands to find and treat problems.
Advice regarding posture, exercise, stress reduction and other lifestyle issues may form part of the ongoing management of a patients recovery.
Students are good at communicating what they are going to do or touch, and listen if a patient wants something different (eg more pressure, less pressure).