What is an Osteopath?
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners that recognise the important link between the body's structure and function. The body functions as a holistic unit and all body systems are integrated to work together. Our skeleton, muscles, joints, nerves, circulation and organs work in harmony with one another.
Osteopaths assess, diagnose and treat areas of pain and dysfunction alongside their surrounding structures. A wide range of techniques are used including massaging and stretching of soft tissues as well as mobilisation and articulation of specific joints. Treatment is focused on the reduction of pain and discomfort as well as restoring mobility.
Osteopathic treatment will vary person to person as each injury or problem is unique.
Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They can also perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems.