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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a primary healthcare system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It is based on the principle that the body works as a unit. To achieve well-being, the joints, muscles and connective tissue should all be working together. It works with the structure of the body which will affect how well the body functions.

Osteopathy aims to improve joint mechanics, relieve muscle tension and improve blood and nerve supply to the body’s tissues. Through touch, physical manipulation, massage and stretching techniques, it works to restore your body to a state of balance and health.

Through taking a detailed medical history and careful examination of the patient, osteopaths try to identify the underlying cause of the problem and reduce the chance of the symptoms recurring in the future. Osteopaths undertake a 4 or 5 year degree course giving them a solid scientific foundation. This makes it a safe and effective form of treatment for patients with a wide range of conditions.

A good analogy of how osteopaths view the body is to compare the body to a car and the osteopath to a mechanic. If one of the wheels on your car isn't quite straight the car may be ok to start with, but over time it will start to wear out. Eventually the remaining wheels will also wear out.  The mechanic could replace one or all of the wheels but unless the first wheel is realigned correctly the problem will keep on recurring. Osteopaths attempt to align the body correctly to reduce the risk of this happening.