Osteopathy is a form of hands-on manipulation of the body that helps alleviate pain and improve whole-body health. It has been shown to positively impact the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems, while also increasing internal movement and mobility, resulting in improved quality of life and overall wellbeing.
An osteopathic physician will evaluate your condition with a series of questions before beginning treatment. They will then use a highly trained touch called palpation to assess the health of the joints, muscles, ligaments, and tissues. They will also take a full medical history and perform a physical exam. They may ask you to remove some clothing for this part of the examination.
After the consultation and examination, the osteopathic physician will propose a plan for treatments. This will include the number of sessions likely to be needed. They will also recommend any dietary or lifestyle changes that may be beneficial to your condition.
Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopathy is available in some areas on the NHS and most private health insurance providers cover the cost of appointments. You can find a registered osteopath by asking your GP or searching the GOsC website.