Osteopaths at The Westoe Practice follow a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths must study for four years for an undergraduate degree. Training includes more than 1,000 hours in Osteopathic techniques. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states doctors can safely refer patients to Osteopaths.
How does Osteopathy work?
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths at The Westoe Practice work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.