Osteopathy is a very safe holistic complementary medicine which focuses on the neuro-muscular-skeletal system (the nerves, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues) and the way in which this system interrelates, holistically, with the body as a whole. It combines scientific knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and clinical methods of investigation.
Registered Osteopaths and Medical Practitioners receive similar basic medical education. Osteopaths have the unique skill of 'palpation', using hands to help to discover the underlying causes of pain and to administer treatment using a variety of techniques, including gentle articulation, stretching, massage and manipulation. These techniques have been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence , NICE Guideline for low back pain issued in 2009, for the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain.
The British School of Osteopathy was established in 1917. There are now over 4,000 registered Osteopaths in the country with some in the NHS, but the majority are in private practice. Osteopathy was the first complimentary medicine recognised by the Privy Council which culminated in the passing of the Osteopaths Act 1993.
Dr Andrew Taylor Still MD DO (USA 1828-1917) is the father of Osteopathic Medicine. Click the photo to learn more about him.
What does Osteopathy treat?
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