What Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment for the whole body that offers relief from the aches and pains caused by daily life or wear and tear.

Osteopathy views the body as a whole and works to improve the structural balance of the body to achieve optimum function. This means that we do not compartmentalise the body. You may have a pain in your wrist or pins and needles in your fingers, but the problem may be due to muscle tightness in the shoulder or an irritation of the nerve root in the neck.

Osteopathic treatment involves soft tissue massage, rhythmic joint mobilisation, muscle release techniques and joint manipulation using short, quick movements which can produce a clicking sound.

Osteopathy is a recognised and established system of clinical diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention primarily of musculo-skeletal problems of the spinal and peripheral joints, ligaments and muscles.

To be an osteopath:

  • Since May 2000 all osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
  • Four year full time or five year part time degree courses.
  • Over 1000 hours clinical experience before graduating.
  • Minimum 30 hours Continuing Professional Development per year to keep abreast of up-to-date knowledge.