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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of manual healthcare that works with the body to encourage healing and repair.

Osteopaths will not only treat the symptoms but will work with the whole body to promote optimal function.

Osteopaths assess, treat, prevent and manage a wide range of health problems, and in so doing, they can provide advice on lifestyle issues, diet and exercise.

Assessments are based on a detailed case history and examination, with treatments involving a combination of:

  • Movement
  • Stretching
  • Manipulation
  • Targeted deep tissue massage

The aim is to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery. Osteopaths have a range of techniques and will discuss all options with the patient before commencing any treatment.

Osteopathic treatments are tailored specifically for each patient after considering biological, psychological and social factors, rather than simply viewing the presenting symptom in isolation. The aim is to improve a person’s health and function rather than treating isolated conditions.


Osteopathic healthcare was founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917), an American physician who committed his career to finding improvements in treating disease. He was also a surgeon, author, and inventor and devised methods of physical treatment to improve the body’s own healing mechanism.

Training and Regulation

Osteopaths in the UK study a degree programme for 4-5 years, which includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition and biomechanics and supervised clinical training. Once qualified Osteopaths must be registered with the profession’s regulatory body, the General Osteopathic Council, and continue their professional development with monitored ongoing learning. They must also hold insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate.

There are currently more than 5,000 Osteopaths in the UK who carry out more than seven million consultations every year.

For more information

If you would like to know more about Osteopathy please call the practice and speak to a practitioner who may be able to answer any specific questions, or follow the links below to useful websites.

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