Osteopathy is an independent branch of physical medicine which addresses problems of various systems of the body by treating its framework. Its aim is to reduce tensions, strains and restrictions of the muscles, joints and other connective tissues and to alleviate factors which might impede normal blood flow and nerve transmission.
It began in the USA in the late 19th Century and came to Britain in about 1900, since when it has become one of the most popular and effective forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), with a proven record of safety and efficacy.
Osteopathy was the first of the CAM professions to become regulated by statute, in 1993. Since May 2000, all practising osteopaths are required to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which maintains high levels of professional conduct, public safety and educational standards.
Most osteopaths work outside the NHS, though all the major health insurance companies include osteopathic treatment in some of their policies. Although in the private sector, we try to pitch fees at a level which is affordable to most people.