Osteopaths are Primary Health Care Practitioners and their goal is to improve the structure and function of the body, based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and internal organs functioning smoothly together.
Osteopathic treatment aims to restore the body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch and physical manipulation to increase joint mobility, relieve muscle tension, enhance blood and nerve supply to tissues, and create the conditions to facilitate the body’s own healing mechanisms.
In most countries it is a legal requirement for a practitioner to be fully insured and registered with the general osteopathic governing body to call themselves an Osteopath.
The importance of this regulation provides patients with the same assurances and protection as those given by doctors and dentists. If unsure, please check the therapist treating you or your animal is fully qualified and insured.
A legitimate and qualified osteopath will be happy to provide all the details.