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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a discrete medical speciality which concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to altered mechanics, function and posture.

A detailed knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system enables the osteopath to identify faults that occur because of injury or mechanical stress and to treat not just the symptoms but the underlying causes of the problem. This allows the body to restore itself to normal function.

The term osteopath is legally protected, like doctor and dentist, and registration by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is awarded only to those osteopaths who meet strict guidelines and standards. GOsC registered Osteopaths have completed a four year full time course at a recognised college of Osteopathy with an emphasis on musculoskeletal medicine based on Osteopathic principles.

An accurate diagnosis is the prerequisite of successful treatment. A diagnosis is reached by taking a detailed medical history, followed by a thorough physical examination. The patient's posture, the way in which they move and any restriction or exaggeration of movement are observed and assessed. If necessary further tests such as X-rays or other pathological investigations may be recommended. Treatment is based on the individual needs of each patient.

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