Osteopathy is a form of manual medecine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.

Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths may identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.

Osteopathic medicine is truly holistic. The patient is assessed and treated as a whole person. It was developed using precise knowledge of the body, its workings and the mechanics behind it.

The body is, under normal circumstances, able to cope with most forms of illness and stress.  An osteopath sets out to restore normal function of the body; therefore leading to good health. There are a large number and variety of techniques used by osteopaths and individual osteopaths may or may not use all of them. An osteopath is defined as a practitioner who adheres to the osteopathic principles, which are as follows:

  •  Structure and function are integrally related.  Restrictions in the body cause dysfunction and disease.
  •  If there is a good supply of oxygenated blood to an organ or tissue and free drainage from it, it will be healthy.
  • The body has its own medicine cabinet and an in-depth knowledge of this allows a practitioner to promote health in any disease.  The best drugs for the treatment of any disease are already within the patient’s immune system.
  • The body is a unit.

Osteopathy provides a safe, natural and non-invasive treatment tailored to the individual patient. The treatment is based on the relationship the structures and systems of the body have with each other and the effect they have on the overall function of the person.