Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions. Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently. In 2017, Osteopaths joined the group of NHS health practitioners, known as Allied Health Professional (AHPs).
Over 30,000 people every day visit an osteopath suffering from a variety of conditions including neck or back pain, joint or muscular pain, sports injuries, recurring headaches and more. Many patients are pregnant women and children, those suffering with work strain, or pain and stiffness related to advancing years.
As you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see an osteopath, you will typically be able to see an osteopath quickly, without the long waiting times that often occur with other treatment options. (Institute of Osteopathy, 2018)
Osteopaths use a gentle and effective hands-on approach that can help relieve chronic and acute problems. Treatment is specific to your symptoms and individual needs.