Osteopathy Explained

Osteopathy is a safe and effective system of diagnosis, treatment and prevention for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals who are experts in the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to other systems of the body. They work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

Osteopaths use touch and a variety of gentle, manual techniques such as physical manipulation, stretching, massage, muscle energy techniques and joint articulation. Osteopaths can also use HVT or High Velocity Thrust techniques/joint manipulations where the joints are ‘clicked’ or ‘popped’ to release built up gases in the restricted joints. These techniques can be very effective in the treatment of certain injuries. Collectively these techniques are aimed at increasing joint mobility, relieving muscle tension, enhancing blood and nerve supply to tissues, and helping the body’s own healing mechanisms.

Your osteopath may also offer lifestyle advice concerning posture, diet, exercise or sporting technique to aid recovery, promote health and prevent the risks of symptoms reoccurring.

Osteopaths see people of all ages, from babies to the elderly and everyone in between, including pregnant women and elite athletes.

You have fixed me each time I have been injured playing sport, and have extended my career by several years

Thank you so much for treating me. You have fixed me each time I have been injured playing sport, and have extended my career by several years. Thank you, especially for getting me through my marathon training!

Richard