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What is Osteopathy and how does it work?

Osteopathy is a form of allied healthcare that employs a holistic approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. It was founded on the basis of four central tenets. These are:

  1. The body is a unit
    The entire body works together, rather than being a collection of individual parts.

  2. Structure and function are interrelated
    When a part of the structure isn’t healthy, the entire body’s function will be affected.

  3. The body is capable of self-healing
    Osteopaths aim to support the body’s natural healing mechanisms, rather than believing that they are capable of healing the body themselves.

  4. Treatment is based on individual needs
    Each person is different and as such, requires different treatment.


Osteopaths take a thorough clinical history to learn about more than just a patient’s injury. They will learn about their medical history, overall health and lifestyle factors. This allows them to personalise their treatment and identify everything that may be contributing to someone’s pain. They then utilise hands-on techniques, exercises, education and lifestyle changes to assist people on their healing journey.


Osteopaths treat a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Sporting injuries

  • Headaches

  • Chronic pain

  • Stress

  • Digestive issues

  • Arthritis

A typical osteopathic appointment will consist of 4 stages:


  1. First they will take a health history to assess the problem and how you’re feeling on the day.

  2. A physical examination, observing the body and movement to identify the problem area.

  3. Hands-on treatment to assist the body’s natural healing process.

  4. They will have a discussion with you about what’s going on, exercises, any lifestyle changes that may help and the treatment plan going forward.

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