What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a regulated profession (regulated by the General Osteopathic Council). Training usually lasts 4 years full time. 30,000 people consult osteopaths every working day in the UK.
Osteopathy is a therapy that uses manual methods to identify and treat areas where the body is not moving properly, which can cause pain, discomfort and other difficulties.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that well-being depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Any loss of mobility can cause an imbalance in your state of health; this can affect not only joints but also nerves, ligaments and internal organs at the site of the problem, and elsewhere in your body.
After an initial examination and discussion of issues like your lifestyle and past medical history, the osteopath locates and works on specific areas in order to help your body bring about its own recovery.
Advice may also be provided on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Osteopathy has two aims: to cure problems, but also to prevent them.
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