What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is the treatment of back, neck, shoulder, joint or muscular pain by massage and joint manipulation.This relieves pain by releasing pressure, improving circulation to the affected area and restoring structural balance. Often symptoms in one area of the body are due to a problem elsewhere and the Osteopath will diagnose once your medical history has been discussed and you have been examined. Where an Osteopath cannot treat the problem they may refer you to a GP or specialist consultant.

Osteopathic training requires successful completion of a 4 year degree, similar to a medical degree but with emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. More than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques is required before qualification and the General Osteopathic Council maintains standards for training, practice and conduct.

Research shows that 60% of the UK population have back problems at some point and many GPs refer patients to Osteopaths for musculo-skeletal problems. NICE guidelines now recommend manipulative therapies (of which Osteopathy is one) for the treatment of low back pain.
 
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