The overall wellbeing of an individual depends on the posture and function of the body, and how the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues work with each other.
Osteopaths aim to identify and diagnose the causes of pain or reduced function, rather than patch over symptoms in isolation. We may treat the site of pain and also other areas in order to optimise whole body function and well-being.
Osteopaths use a range of manual techniques such as massage, neuromuscular techniques, stretching, fascial release, joint mobilisations and manipulations in order to improve the health of the tissues, and the body’s mobility and function.
Osteopaths can also provide advice on posture, stretching, exercises and other lifestyle factors to help you take control of your own wellbeing.
Osteopathic Training and Regulation
Osteopaths are highly trained in anatomy, biomechanics and physiology. They are also trained to assess general health and will tell you if a different treatment or assessment is needed. You do not need a GP referral to see an osteopath.
By law, all osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). This means you can be confident that your osteopath has completed a minimum four-year degree from an approved institution. Qualified osteopaths must meet the appropriate professional standards, including continuing professional development training.
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