What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions, primarily focussing on the musculoskeletal system.. 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.
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.
What can Osteopathy help you with?
Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints, such as:
Lower back pain
Shoulder pain and elbow pain (for example, tennis elbow)
Problems with the pelvis, hips and legs
Muscle and joint pain associated with driving, work or pregnancy