Osteopathy is a form of drug-free, non-invasive, manual medicine that focuses on total body health. It is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. Osteopathy aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems and is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths undergo a four year training course in numerous subjects including applied biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, enabling them to diagnose through physically examining structural faults within the musculoskeletal system. Each patient arrives with his or her individual set of problems so a carefully tailored programme or treatment followed by advice and exercises will be given aiming gradually to correct those problems and prevent them from recurring.
The osteopath will be guided by how the individual responds to treatment after each session rather than booking you for a set number of sessions in advance!
Your osteopath may ask you to remove some layers of clothing to examine or treat you but this is not always necessary. If you are uncomfortable with this it is advisable to wear comfortable stretchy clothing to your appointment to allow your practioner to examine and treat you through your clothing.