Osteopaths are also recognised by the NHS as Allied Health Professionals and play a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people of all ages for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the physical well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use gentle physical manipulation to increase the mobility of joints and relieve muscle tension. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Patients seek osteopathic treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injuries, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
In addition to older people, manual workers, office professionals, and sports people, osteopath’s patients also include pregnant women, babies and children.