Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of relieving muscle tension, enhancing the blood supply to tissues. Increasing the joint mobility and generally assisting the body to heal.

There are no drugs involved with osteopathy and neither is there surgery. It is considered to be an alternative or complimentary medicine.
An Osteopath needs to be registered and fully trained. By law they need to be registered on an annual basis. They have to have the correct insurance and comply with
meeting development criteria.

An osteopath will have followed a degree course usually 5 years and hold qualifications. Te Uk as an example this would be an honours degree programme involving at least 1000 hours of clinical training. Many osteopaths go on to taking a PhD in their subject.

Osteopathy is generally regarded as a safe treatment, although you may experience side effects, such as soreness or pain int he treatment area which can develop within just a few hours of treatment but usually improve after a few days.

An osteopath will always explain the benefits and any potential risks associated with having treatment. There are certain situations when osteopathy should not be used. These will include amongst others, fractures, acute inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Infections and haemophilia as well as blood clotting disorders or when taking medication such as warfarin. A cancer patient or those undergoing radiotherapy as well as those suffering with multiple sclerosis. It is not recommended for pregnant women or those which might think they may be pregnant.

The most common uses of osteopathy is for back pain especially lower back pain. Neck pain and shoulder pain. It can also be beneficial for sports injuries or problems with the pelvis, hips and legs.

Some osteopaths claim to be able to treat conditions not directly related to muscles, bones and joints, such as migraines. It is best to chat through with your osteopath to have a clear understanding if the treatment will work for you. A tropical session should last around 40 minutes.