The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) define Osteopathy as '..a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together'.
Osteopathy was founded in the late-1800's by Dr Andrew Taylor Still and has since developed into a unique holistic manual medicine. The principles of Osteopathy result in Osteopaths viewing the body as a unit, therefore considering that a patient's region of pain or symptoms may not correlate with the actual cause of those symptoms. By identifying the causative region/tissue/joint, an Osteopath is able to effectively treat a patient's symptoms whilst significantly reducing the likelihood of these symptoms recurring. Osteopaths utilise a broad range of techniques including soft tissue stretching, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and joint manipulation; these techniques will commonly be used in conjunction with one-another to provide a complete and rounded approach to treatment.
The Institute of Osteopathy have determined that Osteopaths most commonly treat:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Shoulder and Arm Problems
- Pelvis, Hip and Leg Problems
- Sports Injuries
For more information about regions of the body and specific conditions that Osteopaths treat, please see below.
What does Osteopathy Treat?
According to multiple healthcare organisations (including NICE, NHS, Institute of Osteopathy), Osteopathy can effectively treat pain in the following regions: