In the UK alone, Osteopaths provide over 8 million consultations a year for musculoskeletal problems. Patients visiting an osteopath have the same rights as any patient visiting a doctor or dentist. The General Osteopathic Council regulates and develops the profession, maintaining a statutory register of those entitled to practice.
Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on the body´s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs.
Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, osteopaths identify problem areas of the body. By using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques as well as manipulating joints, an osteopath works with the body facilitate the healing process.