How do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopathy uses manual therapies, and exercise programs to treat musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, sports injuries or back pain). These include massage and stretching techniques; articulation techniques in which joints are mobilised by being passively taken through their range of motion; muscle energy techniques in which contracted muscles are released by alternately being stretched and made to work against resistance; functional techniques which involve gentle mobilisation of joints in a way which “probes” barriers to normal movement until a way is found through the restriction; and manipulation, which may be used where it is appropriate and safe to do so, though it is not the mainstay of most Osteopathic treatments.