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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which facilitates healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which facilitates healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.


Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners who recognize the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as soft tissue massage (muscles, tendons and ligaments), mobilisation and manipulation of specific joints and soft tissues using direct or indirect techniques, stretching and strengthening, visceral, cranial and fascial release, amongst other techniques.


Your osteopath typically uses their hands to diagnose restrictions and strain and provides manual treatment in order to decrease pain and improve function. Osteopathic care emphasises the importance of patient-practitioner relationship in the therapeutic process and adapts each treatment to meet your specific individual needs.