Osteopathy is a recognised system of treatment based on the assessment of the structure and interaction of muscles, ligaments and joints with the aim of helping to restore function and manage the health of the human body. Osteopaths consider the whole structure of an individual and not just the site where the person is experiencing discomfort. This is because apparently unrelated areas of the body can interact with each other, contributing to symptoms.
Osteopathy owes its origins to physician Dr Andrew Taylor Still who discovered the art of Osteopathy in the 1800’s in Missouri, USA. He devised an approach to healthcare that did not require drugs. Osteopaths therefore use a more “hands on” approach including stretches, massage, and other gentle techniques to reduce muscle tension and improve mobility.
Osteopathy will most commonly be used to treat conditions involving the patients muscles, joints and ligaments. These conditions include back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, symptoms related to arthritis, problems with posture and sports injures.
More information about Osteopathy can be found on the NHS website.
Facts about Osteopathy
- The Word Osteopath Comes from the Greek Word ‘Osteo’ Meaning ‘Structure’
- Only Osteopaths registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are allowed to practise or call themselves osteopaths in the UK