Osteopathy is a drug-free, hands-on form of manual medicine that balances the body systems to help relieve pain and discomfort. It is known to positively affect the circulatory, nervous and lymphatic system, and can be used as a preventative treatment for a number of conditions.

During osteopathic manipulation, the osteopathic physician applies varying levels of pressure to joints and soft tissues in an effort to release restrictions. These restrictions can be caused by muscle spasm, abnormal bone growth, joint degeneration, trauma or surgery. Osteopathic techniques also include joint mobilization, passive stretching, soft tissue massage, visceral manipulation and the use of specific cranial positions.

The osteopathic physicians apply various treatment techniques to improve the function of the respiratory diaphragm as well as other diaphragms in the body. The osteopathic physician can manipulate the diaphragm with different treatment techniques such as passive rib raising or muscle energy technique.

Osteopathic treatment is available in some areas of the United Kingdom on the NHS, and most private health insurance providers offer cover for osteopathy. Only osteopathic doctors registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are allowed to call themselves osteopaths and practise in the UK. Your GP or local integrated care board can tell you whether osteopathic treatment is available in your area. Alternatively, you can find a qualified practitioner on the GOsC website.

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