What you need to know about osteopathy
Osteopathy, practiced by professionals called osteopaths, is the practice of detecting, treating, and preventing health problems relating to the joints. Osteopaths use techniques including moving, stretching, and massaging muscles and joints to achieve desired outcomes, helping to improve mobility, relieve tension, reduce pain, improve blood supply, or heal from injury.
There are a wide range of symptoms for which osteopathy might be a relevant treatment, including but not limited to lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, arthritis, and sports injuries. Some people also believe that osteopaths can help to relieve the symptoms of some conditions unrelated to the musculoskeletal system, including asthma, digestive disorders, and colic.
Osteopaths are qualified professionals, mandated to be members of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and to have completed the training course that is a pre-requisite of membership. Most osteopaths will also have previous qualifications, such as a degree in osteopathy which will typically require up to 1000 hours of logged clinical training.
They may be utilised as part of a broader treatment programme alongside other professionals such as chiropractors, rheumatologists, and orthotists to treat complex musculoskeletal conditions.
If you’re looking for a solution to joint pain, limited mobility, or tension, or you’re adopting a treatment programme to recover from an injury, find a suitable osteopath near you with our help. Search for professionals in your area with My Health Assistant and book an appointment through our platform.