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 we work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. As osteopaths we use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. We may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.We assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people. Conditions we treatThe most common conditions that we treat are:• back and neck pain• headache arising from the neck• shoulder and arm problems• pelvis, hip and leg problems• minor sports injuries and tensionsHowever, patients have found osteopathy helpful for many other conditions. If you want to find out more, we will be happy to talk to you.