What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is form of non-invasive manual medicine. Osteopaths are highly trained and can examine, diagnose and treat a wide variety of aches and pains. 

Osteopathy remains principally a form of private healthcare with more than 80% of patients funding their own treatment however, most major private health insurance policies provide cover for osteopathic treatment.

Although most people correctly assume it is to do with bones, it is also much more! Osteopaths work on the whole body, they are specialists in everything from the skeletal system to muscles, joints and nerves. Our Osteopaths are also trained in exercise management as well as nutritional knowledge. The chances are if it moves and it hurts an osteopath can help. 

Osteopaths do not prescribe medication, however, they have knowledge and understanding of commonly prescribed medications and will work in conjunction with your general practitioner (GP) to help you achieve wellness. If necessary your Osteopath can liaise with your GP or refer you to other specialists if you require further investigation such as MRI scans or X-Rays.  

Around 30,000 people in the UK currently consult osteopaths every working day. Osteopaths treat all age groups from babies to the elderly and from many different backgrounds; whether you are an athlete or a mother-to-be, Osteopathy could be helpful to you. 

Most practitioners will be willing to talk to you about whether osteopathy will work for you and will be able to offer you exercises and advice to help keep you healthy even after you have finished treatment. The ultimate aim is to get you back to fitness as quickly as possible and to arm you with the knowledge and skills to keep yourself healthy for the future.