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What do Osteopaths do?

22nd July 2020

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About osteopaths

Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals, with expertise in the musculoskeletal (MSK) system – that is the muscles, joints and associated tissues and their relationship with other systems of the body. They are able to assess and diagnose, with the aim to provide treatment and/ or management to support the health of their patients. Using manual therapy, health advice and sometimes exercise, osteopaths tailor their treatment approach to the needs of each individual. People of all ages see osteopaths, from babies to the elderly, sports people to pregnant mothers.

Osteopaths often work with other healthcare professionals such as consultants, GPs, nurses, midwives and physiotherapists.

What do osteopaths do?

Osteopaths use a wide variety of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, improving mobility and optimising function, together with providing useful health advice and exercise if required.

Osteopaths look at patients as a whole to help them to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the issue (not just addressing the site of discomfort) and formulate a treatment plan to achieve the best outcome.

They also work with, or refer patients to, other healthcare professionals as needed to ensure their patient receives optimum care.

Osteopaths take the time to understand each patient – their unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle.

Please click on the download button below to see a Osteopathy careers leaflet.

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