Osteopathy is a non-conventional diagnostic and therapeutic system based on the body's movement quality. The treatment is completely manual, and considers individuals as a whole and as a part of their environments.
Osteopaths are recognised for their ability to treat pain and problems relating to the muscle and skeletal system, including various types of back pain.
According to a study performed among 3000 osteopaths, more than half of their consultations relate to the spine (back).
Amongst other conditions, they are qualified to treat the following acute and chronic pathologies:
- Sports injuries
- Neck pain, should pain, back pain, etc.
- Discus hernia
- Scoliosis, hyperlordosis etc.
Although it is better for a physiotherapist (or doctor) to perform osteopathy, one should remember the fact that osteopathy is not a specialism within physiotherapy. Osteopathy and physiotherapy are, without differing greatly from one another, fundamentally complementary.