What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of musculo-skeletal 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.

Osteopaths also carry out many of the diagnostic procedures used in a conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. To be registered with the GOsC Osteopaths must have graduated from a recognised college, be properly insured and adhere to specific standards of practice much like GPs.

Most of the main Private Health Insurers, including BUPA and AXA PPP, cover Osteopathic treatment. If you have private health cover, check with your insurance company to see if they will pay for all or part of your treatment.