Posted by on September 29, 2019

what is osteopathy. Relieving joint and muscle pain. Treats back pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, sports injuries

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. 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

They use a range of techniques, but not drugs or surgery.

In the UK, osteopathy is a health profession regulated by UK law.

Although osteopaths may use some conventional medical techniques, the use of osteopathy isn’t always based on scientific evidence.

Read about what happens when you visit an osteopath.


When it’s used

Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints, such as:

If you’re pregnant, make sure you seek advice from your GP or midwife before you see an osteopath. You should also make sure you see an osteopath who specialises in muscle or joint pain during pregnancy.

Some osteopaths claim to be able to treat conditions that aren’t directly related to muscles, bones and joints, such as headaches, migraines, painful periods, digestive disorders, depression and excessive crying in babies (colic).

But there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that osteopathy can treat these problems.

* Information taken from NHS website to read more –

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