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An Introduction to Osteopathy


Osteopathy is a primary health care system, complementary to other medical practices. It is suitable for almost anyone and can aid in the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths mainly work through the neuro-musculoskeletal system, mostly on muscles and joints.

A core principle behind osteopathy is that no part of the body works in isolation. For osteopathic diagnosis we listen to a patients case history, examine muscles and joints and observe movements. X-rays, scans and other clinical investigations are also used if required. A range of treatment techniques are used including deep tissue massage, joint articulation, manipulation and ultrasound.

All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. Patients can be referred by their doctor or choose to see an osteopath independently.