What is osteopathy?

Anatori Sealife Comments 0 11th April 2019
What is osteopathy? Initial osteopathic treatment and consultation with an osteopath

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to treating a  wide range of aches, pains and stiffness anywhere in the body.

Osteopathy assesses the patient from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint. The practitioner uses a highly evolved sense of touch to investigate the underlying causes of pain. Besides, he determines tension and restrictions in the body and details the patient’s history. Thus, it can help to establish a diagnosis. Meanwhile, osteopathic treatment aims to reduce tension and restrictions, restoring balance and reducing symptoms of pain or stiffness.

Osteopaths achieve it through a non-invasive, hands-on approach. Besides, they use muscle and soft tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movement or manipulation techniques. These also help improve the range of motion or reduce tension in a muscle.


Symptoms can result from a previous injury, a childhood condition, poor posture, injury, ageing, poor health, stress and tension. So, the osteopath will observe asymmetry, misalignment and tension in the patient. And he’ll use this information to help restore proper function during treatment. Osteopathy concerns treating the underlying or predisposing factors attributed to the patient’s symptoms.

A basic osteopathic principle is that the body can heal itself. Therefore, the osteopath aims to help restore proper structure through soft tissue massage, mobilisations, joint manipulations and other techniques. Besides, restoring good structure helps return the body to normal function, reducing symptoms.

Osteopathic treatment

Our osteopath treats each patient individually and gives the best possible tension. He creates a personalised treatment plan containing short-, medium- and long-term management strategies, such as exercises and general lifestyle advice.

On average, 2 or 3 treatments are all that some patients may need. Just one treatment can give complete relief. The number of sessions depends on the individual, the type of problem, and how long they have had it. 

The General Osteopathic Council regulates osteopaths undergoing rigorous training and Continued Professional Development.