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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a well-established and highly effective system used to diagnose and treat many conditions presenting discomfort or stiffness, such as back or neck pain. 

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The principle of the total well-being of an individual is a basis of osteopathy.

Osteopathy is based on a unique clinical diagnosis and manual treatment system. A caring approach and attention to the individual are fundamental.

I see the patient’s condition in the context of their lives.


I consider previous trauma, stresses on the body, repetitive actions, weak areas, posture, body shape and symmetry, activities, work, sports, hobbies, and culture. 

By viewing the person as a whole, I can find the causative factors, so the Osteopath will treat the symptomatic area and other areas of the body that will have directly led to or contributed to the problem. Seeking out and dealing with the predisposing and maintaining factors (i.e. the cause) helps prevent the symptoms from returning.

Knowing the patient’s symptoms and medical history means I can make an effective diagnosis. My role is to help alleviate pain and improve the patient’s function and mobility.

Benefits of Osteopathy

Osteopathy detects, treats and prevents health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.

Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage with the aim of:

  • increasing the mobility of joints

  • relieving muscle tension

  • enhancing the blood supply to tissues

  • helping the body to heal


This holistic practice aims to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. It is also natural and can help where other approaches, such as painkillers, have been less effective.

Your body, and particularly your spine, need movement. Thus, a lack of activity often begins the process of dysfunction that can lead to pain. The Osteopaths highly evolved sense of touch can find areas of restriction that are causing pain or will cause pain in the future.

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