What is osteopathy?


Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.


Who and what do osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people, and patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Arthritic pain

  • Circulatory problems

  • Cramp

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Joint pain (hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist)

  • Conditions such as sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow etc.

  • General acute and chronic back pain

  • Minor sports injuries

  • Headaches arising from neck problems

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neuralgia

  • Rheumatic pain

  • Neck pain


Osteopathy is safe, however there are inherent risks to some osteopathic techniques, but we are medically trained to assess and judge which are appropriate for each individual, and will only advise treatments that are suitable.

46% of people experience mild treatment reactions which can cause soreness which lasts a day or two, and there is a 1:36,000 chance of a severe adverse event. 

Our extensive training, and thorough assessments of our patients ensure the risks are reduced to a minimum.

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Regulation of osteopathy

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year and we provide registrants with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirement. Click here to check my registration.

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