Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation and connective tissue function together to improve your health and well-being.
Osteopaths use a system of skilled evaluation, diagnosis and hands-on techniques to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Such techniques include stretching, massage and mobilisation of specific joints to relieve muscle tension, increase joint mobility and to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues. Osteopaths will often give advice about posture, exercises and nutrition to further help the management of conditions.
Osteopaths are healthcare practitioners who are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopaths undergo comprehensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics and general medical diagnosis.