What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a method of treatment of acute or chronic musculoskeletal disorders. It involves stretching and movement, which is performed by the patient or by the practitioner on the patient, joint articulation, and manipulation of soft tissue and skeletal components.

Osteopathy aims to restore balance to the musculoskeletal system, and by extension this can impact positively on other body systems. This is achieved by manual manipulation and specific exercises which help to alleviate pain, restore correct posture and muscle strength, promote healing of injuries, and prevent injury.

Who can benefit from treatment with osteopathy?

Osteopathy can be beneficial in treatment of a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Back pain, neck pain, lumbago, whiplash
  • Muscular pain and tension, stiffness, and cramps
  • Pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
  • Pain and discomfort arising from poor posture
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury

What can I expect from my osteopathy consultation?

Your osteopath will take a history of your current and past musculoskeletal conditions. As pain, tension and other structural and functional problems can result from lifestyle factors such as exercise habits and work conditions, your osteopath may ask questions about these areas of your life.

The osteopathic treatment may involve stretching your muscles, articulating the joints, applying pressure to specific points on the body, and manual resistance exercises.

Your osteopath may recommend lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as specific exercises to do before your next consultation, if appropriate in the treatment of your condition.

Consultations run for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, depending on patient needs. Simple problems may require 3-4 consultations spaced out over two or more weeks, while more complex or chronic issues may require further treatment.