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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a patient-entered system of communicating, evaluating, diagnosing and treating a range of health issues. Generally, osteopaths specialise in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders - such as low back pain, postural aches and pains and minor injuries resulting from sport or over exertion.


One of the main ideas in osteopathy concerns the relationship of structure and function within the body. Treatment aims to restore balance and function to the body, relieve pain and encourages freedom of movement. This is achieved by manual techniques and manipulations - such as joint articulation and massage techniques. Advice may also be given about exercises you can do at home to improve mobility and prevent further injury. 

Training to become an osteopath takes at least 4 years. One result of that training is that osteopaths are well placed to recognise a wide range of health issues and, if necessary, will refer you to alternate management to receive the appropriate care.


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