Osteopathy is a form of hands-on therapy. Osteopaths believe all parts of the body must be working together harmoniously in order for the body to function optimally.
It was created in the late 1800’s by an American medical doctor called Andrew Taylor Still. He combined and developed traditional bone-setting and natural healing techniques, with a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology.
Today, in order to become an osteopath it requires 4-5 years training to a masters level degree in an integrated format. This is for countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other countries where the profession is regulated. Once an osteopath has qualified they are required to maintain their skills and knowledge through regular continuous professional development.
Osteopaths are known for treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Tendon issues
- Sports injuries
- Arthritis related pain
- Postural issues
Other conditions that have a mechanical link can also benefit from osteopathic treatment such as:
- Jaw pain
- IBS/digestive issues and more!
After a thorough case history, an osteopath will take you through some simple movements and observations. They may also use some special manual tests to determine the cause of your problem. Treatment varies from person to person and depending on the condition. Osteopaths can use a wide range of techniques during the treatment. These often include stretching and specific massage to the muscles, articulation and manipulation of the joints. They may also use very gentle and subtle techniques such as cranial or functional techniques. These can all be explained during your consultation and you can choose if there is an approach you prefer.