Osteopathy is a holistic healthcare system that approaches the body as a unit and recognises that the site of pain is not necessarily the area of dysfunction; this is achieved through careful examination, diagnosis, and subsequent treatment that aims to re-establish the body's own natural self-regulatory and healing mechanisms.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Who and what do osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, a full list can be found here.
Regulation of osteopathy
The title 'osteopath' is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by GOsC and are required to renew their registration each. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.