What is Osteopathy?

"what is an Osteopath? It's something to do with bones, right?"

Find out more below.

"I was skeptical about the whole Osteopath scene. But I went in bad pain and was much better when I left. Very professional, and effective treatment. They know what they're doing. Worth every penny."

- Mr. Martin.




Founded by A.T Still (Pictured Left), Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners (NHS Recognised) who are similar to the more well know Chiropractic and Physiotherapy.

Osteopaths use hands-on techniques to treat the body as a whole in order to manage symptoms of an injury or specific condition. By doing this it improves how the entire body functions which helps reduce symptoms and prevent re-injury.

In summary, Osteopathy is a science-based manual therapy that aims to help with pain and function by addressing the structure and strength of the body. 

Seeing an Osteopath

An Osteopath will look at the area that is causing you pain/discomfort as well as including other joints. So with a knee problem, we will look at the foot, ankle, hips and the lumbar spine (your lower back) to narrow down which structures may be the culprit. 

We will also ask you questions about your lifestyle including your job, hobbies, workout routine, past medical history and your family history. We do this because we want to find the root of the problem and manage it in the best way we know how. 


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How Osteopaths Treat

Osteopaths treat exactly how they assess, with a whole body approach. We will also advise you on how you can change your lifestyle in order to help prevent the issue from happening again. Osteopaths use hands-on techniques including but not limited to:

- Joint mobilisation (gentle moving of joints which may produce a click/popping noise).

- Neuromuscular Technique (advanced soft tissue massage). 

- Muscle Energy Technique (Gently contracting muscles to them ease). 

- Strain Counter Strain (putting muscles into a position of ease).

All of these techniques to help reduce pain, increase flexibility or stability and general whole body function. 

Osteopaths are especially good at mobilising your nervous system in order to reduce the sensation of shooting pain, pins and needles, numbness and other symptoms of nerve pain such as Sciatica, Trapped Nerves and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 


What Do Osteopaths Treat?

Listed below are the conditions which Osteopaths treat. To learn more, visit the What We Treat page

  • General aches and pains
  • Arthritis
  • Circulatory problems/cramps
  • Digestion problems
  • Muscle pain/spasms/pulls
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neuralgia / Trapped nerves
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inability to relax
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sports injuries and rehab
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Osteopathy at Swansea University

 During the four years of training Osteopaths will learn about: 

- Osteopathic assessment and treatment technique

- Anatomy and human biomechanics

- Physiology (What happens in your cells)

- Pathophysiology (Disease and Injury)

- Exercise rehabilitation

- Orthopaedic and Neuromuscular testing (The testing of your joints, muscles, nerves and organs)

Osteopathy at Swansea University

Students must also complete assignments, exams and a final year 20,000 word dissertation. Students must also attain 1500 hours of hands-on clinic experience between the onsite university Health and Wellbeing Academy and ABMU NHS Osteopathy Clinic.


To find out more about Swansea University and studying Osteopathy, visit the website here.


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