What is Osteopathy

One of the questions we often get asked from our patients is, what is osteopathy? and what does an osteopath actually do? Here at Active Osteopathy, we specialise in the diagnosis, management and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. So, we deal with issues arising from the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerves. We recognise the importance of understanding the basis of your problem and developing an individualised treatment approach.

Recently, when examining a patient, they asked, ‘why are you looking at my neck’ when It’s my shoulder that is hurting… that is the magic of osteopathy right there! We recognise the body as a whole and often focus on seemingly unrelated areas of the body that may be contributing to the overall problem. As it turned out, the source of this patient’s shoulder pain was actually from a compressed nerve in the neck.


We generally start by having a chat with you about your problem to gain a comprehensive understanding of your situation. We will then perform a detailed examination and where necessary, diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests to determine the most effective and safe approach for managing your problem. We will explain the most likely cause of your symptoms and then discuss your treatment plan with you, so you are aware of how we will go about addressing your problem.


Our osteopaths will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to you, utilising both hands-on osteopathic techniques and providing simple, yet effective advice to address the underlying cause of your problem. Treatment is primarily focused on decreasing symptoms of pain or discomfort and optimising the function of the affected muscles, ligaments and joints.


At Active Osteo we’ll use a variety of techniques to facilitate your rehab. These include soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation and where appropriate spinal manipulation to improve joint mobility and reduce pain or discomfort. This may be followed up by providing an activity or exercise-based self-management strategies to ensure a comprehensive management plan is in place.


We will provide you with strategies such as stretches, exercises and advice to minimise the effects of repetitive or unaccustomed activities associated with occupational, recreational and sporting demands. This will help you to be involved in your recovery and we will be there to support you every step of the way to becoming pain-free and rediscovering full mobility and strength.