What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a treatment which works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of the individual depends on the skeleton, muscles and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. If you have suffered an injury, such as a fall, a strain or whiplash, osteopathy can help improve the mobility of your joints through gentle touch, massage and manipulation to help your body’s natural healing instincts.

NOTE: We offer our low-cost 'Osteopathy For All' service on specific days/times, or please click the practitioner images to the right for prices, availability, and further information.

Osteopathy may help the following conditions:

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Migraines
  • Joint conditions
  • Neck pain

 

Click here to view osteopathy research articles.

 

What can I expect from a session?

In the first consultation, a full medical history will be taken where you will have the chance to talk about your current condition. There will then be a physical examination.

The osteopath will then be able to inform you of what the problem is and how long it might take to correct it. The treatment will involve a combination of techniques to ease muscle tension. Some are similar to massage; others are so subtle you may not even feel them initially. The effects will be felt soon after treatment.

 

Interesting facts

1. Before antibiotics became popular, osteopathy was said to be the most effective treatment for pneumonia
2. The oldest practicing osteopath in Britain, John Wernham, worked until the age of 97 before he died in 2006
3. The term ‘osteopathy’ comes from the Greek ‘osteon’ meaning ‘bone’, and ‘pathos’ meaning ‘disease’