About osteopathy

When you get injured or feel aches and pains anywhere in your body it is essential for the problem to be understood. How did the injury occur and what has been damaged? How has the body adapted and what is preventing the return to health?

Osteopathy is a manual therapy that has scientific and evidence based research to back up the subjective benefits mentioned by patients. It is the study of the body’s anatomy, physiology and function. Osteopaths use their knowledge in combination with their accurate palpation to diagnose and treat any area of the body for any type of musculoskeletal, visceral or cranial problem.

Osteopathy aims to return function back to the body using key principals such as:

How do osteopaths treat?

They start by taking a complete medical history. This will involve questions about the pain you are feeling at the moment, how the injury came about, what aggrevates it and what can help the pain.

Questions about your general health are then asked to give a better idea about your body as a complete system and to make sure that osteopathy is the best treatment for you and to judge whether a referral to your GP or for imaging (such as X-rays/MRIs) are needed. You will then dress down to something that you feel comfortable in to be examined and treated. Please refer to what should I wear in our Appointments & Costs page.