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Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. The osteopath believes that if the body is functioning to the best of its ability, then its own in-built healing mechanisms can function effectively. This will promote long-term health and well-being at the same time as reducing any existing symptoms.

Osteopathy is a complementary therapy to orthodox medicine. Osteopaths are trained as primary health care practioners so patients can seek treatment without a referral from their GP.

The prime focus for most osteopaths is the musculoskeletal system ie muscles, bones and joints, in that they are vital to the healthy functioning of the body as a whole, though some osteopaths also work on the internal organs ("visceral osteopathy")

Osteopathy is primarily a manual treatment (though sometimes it is supplemented by the use of ultrasound etc.).

Rather than diagnosing and treating symptoms, the Osteopath seeks the causes and treats them, ie. those factors that predispose and maintain the condition.The patient as a whole is evaluated.

Many different techniques are at the disposal of an Osteopath as part of treatment. In addition, management may involve recommendations on posture, diet and exercise.

Osteopathy is now recognised by Government with the passing of the Osteopaths Act(1993). All Osteopaths are required to register with the General Osteopathic Council.

Osteopathy can help with a wide range of problems including back pain, postural changes caused by work strain or pregnancy, repetitive strain injury and sports injuries.

 

 

 

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