Osteopathy in York at York Clinic


What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of manual therapy that works on the basis that structure governs function (and vice versa), whereby any given tissue of the body, (bone, muscle, ligament, tendon, joint, organ), that is not in its correct alignment or position will be unable to function properly, which may lead to pain, restriction and inflammation.

Osteopathy aims to help the body to return to its normal function and works with the body’s own natural healing process via soft tissue techniques (massage), mobilization of the spine and joints and occasionally manipulation which involves a quick but gentle release of a joint.

What happens in a consultation?

Your first consultation with an osteopath will involve taking a thorough case and medical history after which the osteopath will examine you. Usually you will be asked to undress down to your underwear for the examination. After taking you through active movements and performing the relevant orthopaedic tests the osteopath will inform you of their diagnosis and where appropriate will proceed with treatment.

What do osteopaths treat?

Osteopathy may help to alleviate the following conditions:

  • General aches and pains
  • General, acute and chronic backache, back pain
  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • Arthritic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Frozen shoulder/shoulder and elbow pain/tennis elbow (arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck)
  • Postural strains/problems (eg. work related, pregnancy)
  • Osteopaths are fully trained in recognizing when osteopathy cannot treat a medical condition and will therefore refer a patient to their GP if and when necessary.