What Is Osteopathy


Osteopathy is a system of healthcare suitable for everyone from newborn babies through to the elderly. It is a manual therapy based on a series of well-defined principles and the philosophy of A T Still, the founder of the discipline.


It is also an established mode of treatment that may complement your medical – GP, Hospital, NHS treatments or other therapies.

Osteopathic Techniques

Example - Spinal treatment of a patient

The techniques used by your osteopath will depend upon your presentation and preferences. Your treatment may include:

  • direct and rhythmic movement techniques
  • strength and stretch methods for muscles
  • soft tissue and connective tissue techniques
  • neuromuscular therapy
  • joint manipulation
  • techniques to encourage fluid flow and tissue repair
  • Medical acupuncture
  • indirect, gentle, harmonic approaches

Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture

We also offer Medical acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for the relief of pain. This is particularly effective for:

  • joint and muscle pain
  • arthritis
  • tissue damage pain
  • nerve pain


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) show in their 2010 UK evidence report (effectiveness of manual therapies) that there is good scientific evidence that osteopathy and acupuncture are effective for the treatment of non specific persistent lower back pain. NICE also reports that osteopathy is effective in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council.

The British Medical Association’s guidance for GPs advises that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.

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