What is osteopathy?                                              What do osteopaths treat?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosing and treating problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints to help the body’s natural healing ability. It is suitable for people of all ages and can help with a large range of conditions. Osteopathy acknowledges that much of the pain and disability we suffer arises from problems in our body’s structure and function including damage caused by disease.

Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to enhance the body’s own healing mechanisms. Osteopathy is complementary to conventional medicine.

Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or another health professional for further investigation. 
Benefits of osteopathy

These include pain relief, improved mobility and flexibility, better posture, increased energy levels and improvement in general well-being.  


By law osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) in order to practise in the UK. The public can therefore be confident that when visiting an osteopath they will receive safe and competent treatment provided under a strict Code of Conduct. 

Common problems that osteopathy can help with include:  
  • Back & neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pains (e.g. shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle)
  • Muscle spasms / tension
  • Cramp
  • Arthritic pain
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Headaches
  • Migraine prevention
  • Frozen shoulder 
  • During & after pregnancy aches & pains
  • Neuralgia (nerve pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inability to relax
This list is not exhaustive and if you are uncertain as to whether osteopathy can help you please contact Guildford Osteopath
Jenny Allan to find out.