How Does Osteopathy Work?

Osteopathy uses physical techniques on the soft tissues and bones to help the body heal and function properly.

The techniques used include:

  • Mobilisation of joints - putting a gentle stretch on the joint, encouraging a fuller range of movement and releasing tension.
  • Soft tissue work - massage and effleurage to encourage healing and removing swelling.
  • Manipulation of joints - releasing joints with a quick controlled manoeuvre, sometimes causing a small ‘pop’ to be heard. These manipulations are not painful and will always be fully explained to you by the osteopath.
  • Cranial & Sacral Techniques - minimal movement techniques to either the head or spine. Typically used to treat migraines, ear problems and chronic back pain.

Picture of Otley Osteopaths Osteopath at work - hip, leg and knee

Osteopathy and Medicine

To become an Osteopath requires 4 years of university training, exams, and at least 1000 hours of clinical experience.

Osteopaths are qualified to diagnose and treat conditions without you having seen a doctor. However, if it is necessary to exclude any significant medical condition or should scans be required, the osteopath will refer you to your own GP.

Osteopathy has research to support its effectiveness and is recognised by medical professionals.

Is it available on the NHS?

Osteopathy is not currently widely available on the NHS, however if you have private health insurance you may be able to claim back all or part of the cost.

Link to Otley Osteopaths Home page

link to General Osteopathic Council Register