An Osteopath will use their hands to treat damaged parts of the body by gently stretching, massaging and manipulating the muscles and joints. This treatment can help to relieve problems such as back pain, neck pain and headache. Osteopathy is suitable for almost anyone, including children, pregnant women and the elderly.
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) regulates the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom. By law osteopaths must be registered with GOsC in order to practise in the UK.
How does osteopathy work?
It is a manipulation technique that detects and treats problems with the muscles, nerves and joints. Osteopathy is known as a manipulation technique because an osteopath will use their hands - it does not involve the use of surgery or drugs.
The main idea behind osteopathy is that your body's function and structure work closely together. This means that any problems or pain associated with the structure of your body could also have an affect on your internal organs. Therefore, if the structure of your body is good, it will ease pain on the outside of your body and help treat any illness inside your body.
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