What is Osteopathy?

What does an Osteopath do?

Derived from ancient Greek ‘osteo’ meaning ‘bone’, and ‘path’ meaning ‘disease of’.

Osteopathy is a manual therapy that aims to improve health, wellbeing and injury by manipulating and strengthening both the muscles and the skeleton. Osteopathy involves hands-on manipulation of the joints, muscles and spine, with an aim to improve the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems in the body. Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the body, improving the way that the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues function together. Techniques include stretching, massage, pressure, manipulation, and resistance. Osteopaths have professional expertise with the musculoskeletal system and its relationship with how the body functions. 

Although Osteopathy is a complementary medicine, Osteopaths are qualified as medical doctor’s requiring at least 4 years of University level training, as well as being regulated health professionals. It is a drug-free and non-invasive medical therapy that looks holistically at each individual’s whole body, rather than just contraindicated areas. It is commonly said that Osteopaths treat people rather than problems, as they tend to look beyond just the physical symptoms of an ailment. Osteopaths take into consideration biological, psychological and social factors that can impact the health and wellbeing of individuals, tailoring to each individual’s physiological needs.

As well as physical conditions such as injuries, arthritis, back pain, and headaches, Osteopathy can also improve sleep conditions, headaches, and digestive issues, amongst others.

What can Osteopathy help with?

  • arthritis
  • foot, ankle, hip, and knee pain
  • back pain, neck pain, and sciatica
  • hand, shoulder, and elbow pain
  • headaches/migraine prevention
  • tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • postural problems due to pregnancy, sports injury, driving or work strain
  • neuralgia
  • generalised aches and pains
  • osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core osteoarthritis treatments and exercise
  • frozen shoulder 
  • cramp
  • digestion problems
  • muscle spasms
  • neuralgia
  • fibromyalgia
  • inability to relax
  • rheumatic pain
  • minor sports injuries and tensions
  • menstrual problems

Chiropractor or Osteopath?

While the two professionals may be similar in many ways, both being specialists in the musculoskeletal systems, Osteopaths tend to take a more holistic view on problems. Chiropractors are primarily focused on the joints functionality and position, usually manipulating or forcing the body back into place, whereas Osteopaths have a broader approach and treat larger areas of the body rather than just the problem area. Osteopaths, however, will use similar techniques of manipulation and adjustment if they feel it is necessary.

What is Osteopathy? from the University College of Osteopathy

Your Osteopath in Tonbridge

Ben Cassidy is a graduate of the University College of Osteopathy in London. He works in private practice across the South East using a variety of structural and postural techniques. Having a 20-year history of corporate work in the city, he is well placed to recognise and treat the common, and less common, symptoms of work-related strains and stresses. A keen amateur sportsman, and qualified sports massage therapist, Ben has a deep knowledge of sports-related injuries and can offer advice on technique, rehab and injury prevention. He also has a special interest in treatment of arthritis and arthritic joints.

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