“What is osteopathy”, or “what is an osteopath” are very common questions that are asked, usually followed by “that’s something to do with the bones?”, or “something to do with the back?”. Whilst this is partially true, there is a lot more to this form of manual therapy than initially thought.
Osteopathy is a method of assessing, treating, and preventing a wide range of health problems. Osteopaths achieve this through a combination of movement, stretching, deep tissue massage, and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to help improve function, relieve pain, and aid in recovery. The body has the amazing natural ability to maintain and heal itself, and by helping this process, osteopaths can promote the restoration of normal functions. The principles of osteopathy is that the wellbeing of an individual relies on the way the bones, muscles, ligaments, connective tissues, and other internal structures work with each other, and it is these osteopathic principles which guide an osteopath towards a health-oriented, patient centred approach to healthcare.
Osteopaths regularly see a wide range of patients, from the young to the old, from office professionals to sports people, and almost anything in between. Due to this wide base, osteopaths are also able to treat a wide range of issues such as: