An osteopath can help improve performance as well as treat the
injuries being suffered. By using their knowledge of diagnosis
and highly developed palpatory skills they can help to restore
structural balance, improve joint mobility and reduce
adhesions and soft tissue restrictions so that ease of movement
is restored and performance enhanced.
For those into sports, the osteopath can help you keep supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft tissues unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do. Advice on diet and exercise which will help you with your specific sport may also be offered.
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.