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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800s by physician and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still in
Kirksville, Missouri. The son of a surgeon, Still soon discovered that in order to achieve the
highest possible form of health, all parts of the body should work together harmoniously. His
goal was to restore the body to optimum health with minimal surgery and medicine,
influenced in part by the realisation that medical treatments of that time were largely
ineffective and in some cases, harmful.

Osteopathy takes a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare. It uses manual ‘hands-on’
techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs.
Techniques include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance, known as osteopathic
manipulative medicine.

Osteopathy can provide relief and treatment for a wide range of conditions.
These include:
Foot, ankle, hip, and knee pain
Back pain and neck pain
Hand, shoulder, and elbow pain
Headaches
Postural problems due to pregnancy, sports injury, driving or work strain, or digestive issues
Neuralgia

One of the major holistic benefits of osteopathy is the overall positive effects it has on the
immune system. Osteopathic treatment works from the belief that the structure and function
of the body are interconnected. It therefore holds that osteopathy can help boost immunity.

Osteopathic therapy can help with our mental health and plays a part in promoting a feeling
of overall well being.

Overall, osteopathy can help to rebalance the body’s nervous system, and restore motion and
mobility to the joints. This in turn helps to boost the body’s overall immunity.

Treatment is usually hands-on, including techniques like massage and manipulation of your
muscles and joints. However, our osteopath may also give you information about things you
can do yourself to get or stay healthy. This may include things like eating a healthy diet and
exercising regularly.

Our osteopath will also explain your treatment to you, along with its risks and benefits. If you
have any questions, just ask – no question is too simple or small. It’s important that you fully
understand your treatment as you’ll be asked to give your consent before it goes ahead.

Depending on what the problem is, our osteopath may offer you more sessions to have
treatment. How many sessions you’ll need will depend on you and your individual needs.

You can now book an appointment with our Osteopath. Chris Blackburne practices in the clinic on
Thursdays and Sundays.

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