Osteopathy is an effective health care practice which focuses mainly on the musculo-skeletal system. The treatment is a drug-free and non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculo-skeletal frameworks.
Osteopaths are trained in therapeutic approaches that are suitable for a broad range of individuals, including pregnant women, children and babies. Osteopathic care is delivered through a range of interventions which may include onward referral, health management advice, manual therapy, exercise therapy and others. Osteopaths adapt their therapeutic approach depending on the individual needs of the patient and their presenting complaint. Manual therapy techniques employed may include articulation and manipulation of joints and soft tissues.
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993 by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and their 4-5 year extensive medical training ensures these healthcare professionals are qualified to work as autonomous practitioners, meaning they have pathophysiology and examination knowledge that allows them to screen patients for potential underlying conditions and make any necessary onward referrals directly to other specialist healthcare practitioners, doctors or surgeons or for medical imaging.