What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800s by a medical doctor, Andrew Taylor Still. Still believed, as osteopaths do today, that good mechanical function of the body’s framework (bones, ligaments, muscles and joints) is essential for optimizing the health of an individual. Study of anatomy and physiology demonstrates the inter-dependence of the internal organs and musculo-skeletal system. Still developed a system of manual treatment, designed to correct problems within the body’s framework based on the principle that the body can heal itself if it is has optimal mechanical function. His work demonstrates that mechanical problems not only lead to aches and pains but by treating the body’s framework he found that he could influence the function of internal organs.

Osteopathy is both as system of diagnosis and treatment, aimed to alter tension and strain within the body’s structure. Osteopaths treat the body to restore a state of balance within the body which is required for optimum health. Using gentle and non-invasive manual techniques, osteopaths aim to improve the mobility of joints, tension within muscles and increase the blood supply and nerve function.

As osteopathic medicine has developed over the last century, Still’s original techniques have been refined to incorporate the insights of those he trained. This means that osteopathic techniques are diverse. Osteopaths working at The Colin Dove Practice use a wide variety of osteopathic techniques from soft tissue (massage) techniques and joint manipulation (“clicking”) to much more subtle approaches such as cranial osteopathic techniques.

Osteopaths are required to undergo a minimum of four years undergraduate training and must demonstrate competence in clinical diagnosis and patient care in order to qualify. All osteopaths working in the UK are required to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council who are responsible for maintaining standards and safe practice.

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Osteopathy in Sport

Osteopathy for Children