Osteopathy was discovered by Andrew Taylor Still in the USA during the 19th century. His legacy is a manual therapy that focuses on the body’s own natural ability to heal, with help from a skilled professional.
Osteopaths use their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions and tightness within the joints, muscles and other connective tissues to help engage the body’s healing processes.
Osteopaths train in anatomy, physiology and in common pathologies in order to better understand the functioning of the body.
Techniques that may be used by an Osteopath include massage, articulation of the joints, manipulation of the joints where necessary, stretching, muscle resistance techniques and gentle manipulation techniques such as cranial osteopathy.
Osteopaths are registered in the UK with the General Osteopathic Council, which regulates the quality of osteopathic practice. They define osteopathy as:
“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.”
Osteopaths are also insured with public indemnity insurance in order to promote safe practice.
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