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What is osteopathy

 Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an Illinois born medical doctor, was first recorded using the term ‘osteopathy’, his philosophy of treating a vast range of medical ailments in 1874. The term osteopath can be misleading as many know that “osteo” pertains to bone, “path” to ‘study of’ so it may appear that osteopaths only treat disorders of the bones, which is not so, however neuro-musculo-skeletal-opathy doesn’t exactly role off the tongue!

At White Horse View Osteopaths we live and breathe many of Dr Still’s principals today…Structure governs function, the rule of the artery, to find health, holism…

 So what is osteopathy? In Dr Still’s own words: "It is a scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the hands of a person of intelligence and skill, who can apply that knowledge to the use of man when sick or wounded by strains, shocks, falls, or mechanical derangement or injury of any kind to the body." Still 

Over a hundred years on, osteopaths still embody the key concept of detailed anatomical study, not only the muscles, skeleton and nerves, but embryology, pathophysiology (what happens when things go awry in the body) and the bio-phyco-social context of the individual person, amongst others. 

Osteopaths treat musculoskeletal problems holistically (wholly), not solely work areas that may be giving you pain or discomfort, Osteopaths do not just ‘rub the sore bit’, their philosophy is to identify the reasons why they started originally, in order to prevent recurrence or, significant decrease in frequency of a historical problem. Many osteopaths also give after care advice, at White Horse View Osteopaths at the end of your treatment we will give you some “Mini Treatments” for you to do at home, these mimic some of the hands on work performed during treatment, they are designed to  help you get better faster.

The Committees of Advertising Practice describes osteopathy: “Osteopathy is a healthcare profession that utilises a patient focused, physical approach to restoring, maintaining and promoting physical and psychosocial well being. Primarily treatments take the form of a manual therapy involving massage, mobilisation and spinal manipulation for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems. Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993 and may refer to conditions for which medical supervision should be sought if they hold convincing evidence of the efficacy of their treatments.” 


Following a review by CAP of the Bronfort et al Review in 2010, CAP accepts that osteopaths help a variety of medical conditions, including:

• generalised aches and pains, 
• joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
• arthritic pain, 
• general, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
• uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
• headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
• frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
• circulatory problems, 
• cramp, 
• digestion problems, 
• joint pains, lumbago, 
• sciatica, 
• muscle spasms, 
• neuralgia, 
• fibromyalgia, 
• inability to relax, 
• rheumatic pain, 
• minor sports injuries and tensions.

Phone:  01373 228841

The Hollow
Dilton Marsh
BA13 4DD

Opening hours:

Monday: 9am-6pm 

Tuesday: 9am-11am

Wednesday: 9am-11am

Thursday: 9am-11am

Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9-12 (alternate weeks)

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