Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a manual therapy designed to help the self-healing abilities of the body work freely.

Common complaints that respond well to osteopathy:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder stiffness and frozen shoulder
  • Arthritic or rheumatic pain
  • Strains and sports injuries
  • Menstrual pain, digestive problems or irritable bowel
  • Stress related problems
  • Muscle tension

Osteopathy was developed and named by Dr Andrew Still in the USA in the late nineteenth century. He looked for a different approach to health having been unable to save three of his children who died of meningitis. He showed that if the structure of the body is working well then the body’s self-healing mechanisms will operate properly. Osteopathy was brought to England in 1920 and became a protected title under the Osteopathy Act in 1993. This was when the General Osteopathic Council was set up to ensure standards of training, practice and continuing professional development.

‘The General Osteopathic Council works with the public and osteopathic profession to promote patient safety by registering qualified professionals, and setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice and conduct.’