Osteopathy is a hands-on therapy with the aim of helping the body to work better. The human body is amazing in its design and staggering in its complexity. By applying an in-depth knowledge of the body (physiology and anatomy), osteopaths attempt to improve the way the body functions. For example, sciatica may be lessened by reducing pressure on the affected nerve; tennis elbow may be helped by encouraging blood flow into/from the forearm and reducing the unhelpful adhesions that form between the muscles and surrounding tissues; headaches are often reduced by improving neck function and reducing muscle tension, especially at the junction between the neck and the skull. It’s all about understanding why a problem has occurred, and then helping the body to find better health.
The title “osteopath” is protected, meaning that only practitioners registered with the governing body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), can use the title. Please click on the link if you would like more information on the GOsC http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/. To become an osteopath entails a rigorous, 4-5 year degree. This ensures that osteopaths are safe to treat the general public.
Peter Andrews is also a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. For more information, please click on the link http://www.osteopathy.org/.