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An osteopath is an alternative medical technique that uses manipulation and massage to help distressed muscles and joints to help them work smoothly.

Treatment can improve many parts of the body by restoring normal movement in areas that have become dysfunctional. This can then allow the tissue to nourish, replenish and repair in a more natural way.

The treatment first began in 1892 when a Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917) an American farmer, inventor and doctor, opened the first school of osteopathic medicine in the USA.

He looked for alternatives to medical treatments in his day which he felt were ineffective as well as harmful.

His new philosophy of medicine was based on the teachings of Hippocrates. The therapy aims to pinpoint and treat any problems that are of a mechanical nature. Our body’s frame consists of the skeleton, muscles, joints and ligaments and all movements or activities such as running, swimming, eating, speaking and walking depend on it.

When you first see an osteopath he or she will need to know the complete history of any problems you have , how they first occurred and what eases or aggravate matters so a diary kept over a week or more before your visit would be a great help.



  1. I have been using an osteopath for over thirty years for back pain relief. My wife has just had treatment for maigraine most successfully and my sister in law for Tinasynovitis. I have always reccomended people to try osteopathy for a numbr of pain sources


  2. Hi spiritbird, hope your well? Yes, like you I was under an osteopath for years and years then he retired and I was sent to a chiropractor who kept me straight for quite a long time until eventually I needed surgery. They are all very good at their treatments. 🙂


  3. The most common cause of back and neck pain is related with the injury to the soft tissues which includes the muscles, tendons and ligaments within these structures. In many case it may be due to degenerative arthritis of the spine in the neck that can pinch nerves and result into pain in the neck. Local neck pain can be caused by the degenerative disc disease in the neck. It may be caused due to some abnormal conditions which involve spinal cord, heart, lungs and also some abdominal organs.


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