WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of muscular-skeletal conditions. Osteopaths are primary health care professionals in the UK. This means that patients can visit for treatment without the need for a referral from their GP.
Osteopaths take a holistic view of a patient’s health and well being with particular focus on the structure and function of the body. Osteopaths treat conditions using physical manipulation, stretching and soft-tissue work to increase patient’s mobility, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help the body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide education and advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993 by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths have to complete four or five years of academic and practical training and meet specific standards before they can resister with GOsC.