Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of:
increasing the mobility of joints
relieving muscle tension
enhancing the blood supply to tissues
helping the body to heal
They use a range of techniques, but don't use drugs or surgery.