What do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths are ‘holistic’ practitioners, which means they treat the person not the condition. All areas of symptoms are taken into account, and the osteopath works with structural imbalances that are present in the body as a whole to restore an overall state of physical balance. Patients often report improvement in their symptomatic areas as well as other areas of their health. 

There are of course more common reasons for consulting an osteopath, and these include:

·      Back or neck pain

·      Joint pain or pain radiating into the arms/legs e.g. sciatica

·      Cervicogenic headaches

·      Tension, inability to relax

·      Digestion problems

·      Discomfort during pregnancy

Research into osteopathic treatment is gaining pace and so far it supports its efficacy in treating the above. As an example, CLICK HERE to see the research summary from NCOR on the subject of back pain. 

Osteopathy cannot be considered as a ‘cure-all’ however, and this is why a thorough case history is required on the initial consultation (and your symptoms will be constantly monitored in subsequent follow-up appointments) in order to determine whether treatment is appropriate or if you should be referred elsewhere (e.g. to your GP) for a different type of care/investigation.