What is Osteopathy?

“Osteopathic medicine is a complete system of medical care, it considers the whole person; emphasizing the interrelationships of structure, function, and the inherent wisdom of the body to heal itself.” – A T Still

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment suitable for a wide range of medical conditions. It aims to restore balance and mobility throughout the body to support your own medicine chest. It is a holistic approach, which believes that an individual’s well being depends on balance and integration of the musculoskeletal, nervous and visceral (internal organs) systems as well as the more subtle cranial rhythms.

Using a range of manual techniques such as physical manipulation, stretching, massage and gentle cranial techniques, the aim of osteopathic treatment is to restore balance to the body allowing it to heal itself.

Osteopathy traces its roots back to Andrew Taylor Still MD DO (1828-1917), an American frontier doctor, who was frustrated with the inadequacies of the medical practices of his time. Drawing on in depth studies of anatomy and physiology, he developed an approach to healing based on restoring normal function to tissues and circulation through a practitioner’s sensitive manual diagnosis and manipulation.

The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) is the UK’s leading professional membership organisation for osteopaths. The purpose of the institute is to unite, promote, develop and support the osteopathic profession, for the improvement of public health and patient care.  I am a council member of the iO, taking an active part in the future progression of the profession.

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was founded in 1993 and registers osteopaths who fulfil the requirements for the safe practice of osteopathy. There are now nearly 4,000 registered osteopaths and it is illegal to practice as an osteopath unless registered.