What is osteopathy?
People of all ages suffering from a variety of complaints seek the help of osteopaths to tackle a wide range of conditions from sports and work-related injuries to arthritis, sciatica and migraine. The osteopath's role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient's function and mobility.
The first school of Osteopathy opened in America in 1874 while the British School of Osteopathy was the first in the UK starting in 1915.
Osteopathy recognizes that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from mechanical problems and abnormalities in our body's structure and function. It is an established and recognised system of diagnosis and treatment. An osteopath examines the structure and function of the body and how the parts of the body (bones, joints, ligaments, discs, muscles, tendons and nerves) work together, a breakdown of the body's normal working patterns can result in unnecessary stress, strain and therefore pain. This can be caused by one major event or the cumulative effect of repetitive minor strains. An Osteopath assesses each patient's individual normal mechanical working pattern and, by gentle manipulation of bones, joints and soft tissues, works to remove restrictions which may be preventing normal mobility, blood flow, nerve supply or muscle activity. It is the removal of these stresses, or blocks, that allows the body to heal itself which should, in turn help to alleviate the symptoms.