20070421_112_webOsteopaths are trained to treat all ages but the majority of our patients are adults. As we get older the stresses and strains of life play out in the musculoskeletal system, and osteopaths by using their hands, can carefully find and treat any dysfunction. In fact, like going regularly to the dentist, it is a good thing to go to the osteopath to check your musculoskeletal system even when you don’t have any major dysfunctions.


Osteopaths work to restore the body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs, or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.

What can we treat?

One hesitates to outline a list of problems as this may limit the potential and scope of osteopathy. Osteopaths are capable of treating a wide range of disorders. Before the age of antibiotics osteopathy had the reputation of being helpful in the treatment of pneumonia, for example. However, it is safe to say that generally, if there is a problem with a muscle or a joint, an osteopath can treat it. At first sight, osteopathy may not look an obvious choice for treatment of conditions, for example, irritable bowel syndrome until you realize that the bowel is made up of muscle and that muscles become tense and tight when a patient becomes stressed. Indeed, it becomes difficult to think of any condition that would not be improved, in some way, by osteopathy. It is obvious that osteopathy cannot cure a chronic condition such as arthritis but it can help lessen many of its painful symptoms.


Stated below is a list of problems which are proven (evidence based) to be successfully treated through osteopathic treatment:

  • generalised aches and pains,
  • joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core o.a treatments and exercise
  • arthritic pain,
  • general, acute & chronic backache, (back pain not arising from injury or serious accident)
  • uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following serious injury i.e. whiplash)
  • headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
  • frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
  • circulatory problems,
  • cramp,
  • digestion problems,
  • joint pains, lumbago,
  • sciatica,
  • muscle spasms,
  • neuralgia,
  • fibromyalgia,
  • stress related conditions,
  • rheumatic pain,
  • minor sports injuries and tensions

 This however is by no means an exhaustive list, many of our patients find that seeing an osteopath can help with a wide range of other conditions, and helps with an overall sense of well being where a cure is not possible.