Elisabeth Davies BA DO ND FSCCO

Registered Osteopath
Registered with the General Osteopathic Council

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that acknowledges that the living body is a self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating system which maintains health constantly throughout life. Whenever that health-maintaining system is compromised, symptoms or disease could develop. Osteopathy is concerned with that which has compromised health rather than the resulting condition.

Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993. They are trained to diagnose conventionally and also to use their hands to assess body function and dysfunction. This gives the osteopath uniquely sensitive information about the disability within the body and how this insight might be used to help restore health.

Although people commonly describe their symptoms in terms of conventional medical conditions, osteopaths do not primarily treat medical conditions; they are more concerned with the cascade of events which could have contributed to the development of those medical conditions.

For more information, here are some links to web sites dealing with Osteopathy that may be helpful:

General Information on Osteopathy

Information about Cranial Osteopathy and some Myths about Cranial Osteopathy

The General Osteopathic Council: The UK professional organisation for Osteopathy
The Sutherland Society: UK Society for Osteopaths specialising in Cranial Osteopathy