What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established and recognised system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
NHS and Osteopathy
Most osteopaths work in the private sector, either alone or in a group practice Osteopaths are considered primary health practitioners and therefore you do not need to be referred from your GP for private treatment.
Osteopathy is not considered an alternative to conventional medicine but complementary to it and, as such, osteopaths are always willing to co-operate with your GP. Although a wide range of conditions can be helped through osteopathy, not everything that goes wrong can be addressed by an osteopath. Osteopaths are trained to recognise medical conditions which require further investigation (x-ray, MRI, other scans) and will not hesitate to refer you to your GP.