“Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body based on the principle that well-being depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues”
(General Osteopathic Council)
Osteopaths use touch, manipulation, stretching and massage to increase joint mobility, reduce muscle tension and enhance the blood and nerve supplies to the tissues (i.e. the body’s own healing mechanisms).
They may use a combination of structural, hands-on treatment involving massage, stretching and in some cases manipulation. They will also provide exercises and lifestyle tips to address the cause of the problem.