What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.

Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength however, rests in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.

What are the Osteopathic philosophies?

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(Reference Sammut, E., Searle-Barnes, P. (1998). “Osteopathic Diagnosis” Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes Publishers Ltd.)

    • The body is a unit.
    • Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
    • The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms.
    • The body has the inherent capacity to defend itself and repair itself.
    • When normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self-maintenance, disease may ensue.
    • Movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health.
    • The nerves play a critical part in controlling of fluids of the body.
    • There are somatic (bodily) components to disease that are not only manifestations of disease but also are factors that contribute to maintenance of the diseased state.

    Implicit in these philosophies is the belief that Osteopathic intervention can have a positive influence on the above.

    Do Osteopaths just treat bad backs?


    Osteopaths treat much more than people think.

    Osteopaths will treat everyone: sports people, the elderly, pregnant women, babies and children.

    Osteopaths can help you with a wide range of ailments. For example:

    • Generalised aches & pains
    • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core osteoarthritis treatments and exercise
    • Arthritic pain
    • General acute and chronic backache, back pain
    • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
    • Headache arising from the neck / migraine prevention
    • Frozen shoulder / shoulder and elbow pain
    • Tennis elbow
    • Circulatory problems
    • Cramp
    • Digestive problems
    • Joint pains, Lumbago
    • Sciatica
    • Muscle spasms
    • Neuralgia
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Inability to relax
    • Rheumatic Pain
    • Minor sports injuries
    • Tension

    You are welcome to bring a chaperone with you to the first or any subsequent visits.

    It is common to feel sore post treatment. The pain may have moved or changed in some way.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are worried and want to discuss these symptoms.

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