What is an osteopath?

Osteopaths assess, detect and treat individuals with several health problems by moving, stretching and massaging muscles and joints.

Osteopathy focuses on providing physical manipulation on bones, ligaments, muscles and connective tissues to improve wellbeing of an individual. Osteopaths work with several age groups (new-borns to older adults).

What does an osteopath do on a daily basis?

  • Assess, diagnose and record important details about service users’ general health, specific symptoms related to health conditions such as lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder and elbow pain and arthritis.
  • Take service users observations such as blood pressure and other physical assessments if required.
  • Focus on the health conditions that affect musculoskeletal system (Nervous, Circulatory And Gastro-intestinal Systems).
  • Plan treatment in partnership with service users including, physical techniques to relieve muscle tension, enhance blood supply and increase the movement of joints in the human body
  • Undertake examinations and provide advice on health, posture and exercise to help recovery and to prevent problems from re-occurring
  • Maintain accurate up-to-date detailed records following from assessments, treatments and reviews.

Where do Osteopath’s work?

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private sector
  • Health centres
  • Leisure facilities
  • Sports clubs
  • Pharmacy
  • General practice (GP)

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