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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a primary healthcare profession. It is a complementary system of examination, diagnosis and treatment.

Osteopaths are trained to look at the body as a whole, as part of one integral unit. We aim to treat the primary underlying cause of the problem and not just the symptoms that may occur as a result.

Some key principles we work by are:

  • The body is a self healing mechanism

  • Structure and function are interrelated

  • Movement of fluid is key to maintain health

Osteopathy is a gentle treatment suitable for children, babies, adults and seniors.

How can osteopathy help you?

Osteopathy provides a holistic treatment approach, meaning it can be applied to all parts of the body. It can help in both cases of acute and chronic problems, and can also be utilised as a maintenance approach to long-term problems / conditions.


What types of people do osteopaths mostly treat?

  • Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children, and sportspeople.

  • Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury; changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.

Osteopathy may help provide relief from the following conditions:

  • Back pain

  • Headaches

  • Joint pain

  • Sciatic pain

  • Sports injury

  • Arthritic pain

  • Repetitive Strain Injury (R.S.I.)

  • Neck and shoulder pain

  • Knee pain

Is it better to see a Chiropractor or an Osteopath?

  • Osteopaths usually use a greater variety of techniques to manipulate the body's healing systems.

  • Focusing more on muscle and soft tissue work or manipulate other joints in the body.

  • Chiropractors mainly focus on adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine.

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