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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathic perspective:

The General Osteopathic Council gives the following description of osteopathy:

"Osteopathy is 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.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. 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."


Osteopathy is a state regulated profession and all osteopath are required by law to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.  Currently all new osteopaths must have completed either 4 or 5 years study to attain a bachelors or masters degree in order to gain registration.

What is western medical acupuncture?

Western medical acupuncture is sometimes referred to as dry needling and is used by many osteopaths as another tool in the treatment of many painful presentations.  Unlike traditional Chinese acupuncture which focuses on meridians, western medical acupuncture/dry needling is based on the current medical understanding of pain transmission, and muscular dysfunction.

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