Osteopathy is a recognised and established method of diagnosis to identify and treat dysfunction or problems in the musculo-skeletal system. Osteopaths aim to return your body to health through manual therapy, and promote continuing health by considering how your lifestyle might influence the musculo-skeletal system. Osteopathy can complement traditional medicine and does not involve the use of medicine.

Central to osteopathy is the relationship between the structure of your body and its function. Understanding the causes of any change in this relationship is key to developing a suitable treatment approach for you.

Gentle touch and ‘hands-on’ techniques are used to diagnose and treat, so that pain and discomfort might be alleviated. These treatments support your body’s self-healing mechanism and help restore a balance in this relationship between the structure and function.

Osteopathy recognizes the whole body, not only its parts, so aspects of your lifestyle are taken into account to develop an individual treatment plan. This is why modifications to your lifestyle might be recommended to support your recovery, lead to sustainable improvement in your posture and mobility, and, minimize the chance of recurrence. Your treatment will incorporate simple, practical advice, exercises and stretches that are all important incorporate to aid recovery.

Osteopathy is for all of us at different times of our lives, and for a variety of reasons, but especially if you experience:

  • work-related problems leading to back and shoulder pain, repetitive strain injury and headaches associated with neck pain
  • tension and discomfort in muscles
  • joint problems pre and post-surgery we provide treatment and rehabilitation advice
  • pain, aching and stiffness in advancing years
  • minor injuries related to sports, hobbies, decorating and gardening

General Osteopathic Council

Institute of Osteopathy

NHS Choices


Arthritis Care

British Heart Foundation

Research: Evidence to support osteopathic treatment:

References: Evidence to support osteopathic treatment
This is by no means an exhaustive list and new research to support osteopathy is constantly being published.