An osteopath is a healthcare professional who practices a system of manual medicine that focuses primarily on the musculoskeletal system. Osteopaths recognise that the body, especially the nervous, circulatory and gastro-intestinal systems, can be affected by dysfunction in body structure and tissues.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to treat a patient. The aim is to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension and boost the amount of blood supply to tissues. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise in order to help patients recover faster and prevent problems occurring again. Patients can range in age from newborns to older adults.
Osteopaths aim to help to reduce the symptoms and improve the health and quality of life of the patient by: