What is Osteopathy?


“Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

“To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.” Description by General Osteopathic Council

Osteopaths don’t treat ‘conditions’ but take a holistic approach to a patient, using manual techniques to restore, maintain, and support wellbeing. At the OCC, we believe that paediatric osteopathy is an effective, non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical treatment for children.

Osteopathy is suitable for people of any age, including babies, children, pregnant and post-partum women. Our osteopaths have significant skills, knowledge and experience in working with these groups in particular.

All our osteopaths are fully qualified and registered, and have either already achieved, or are currently working towards, a postgraduate qualification that demonstrates their specialist skills and knowledge in the anatomy, clinical presentations, examination, diagnosis and clinical management of babies, children and perinatal women.

We don’t use any single osteopathic technique in our clinic, we draw on relevant approaches that are gentle enough for babies and children for treatment which is as individual as the patient we’re treating. There’s no one-size fits all. In young patients the methods used are nearly always very gentle, but nonetheless powerful, requiring special skill and knowledge.