About Osteopathy

A system of assessment, diagnosis and treatment that can help patients of all ages

Osteopathy is a distinct approach to healthcare based on the original discoveries and experiences of its American founder Dr Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917). It recognises the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the body are interdependent and that this relationship is vital to the physical and mental well-being of the human body.

An osteopath will take a patient-centred approach, considering all aspects of an individual’s health before reaching a diagnosis; they will also check for signs of serious conditions that they cannot treat. Osteopaths use a range of hands-on techniques to help reduce pain, increase joint mobility, relieve muscle tension and enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, helping the body’s own healing mechanism. They may also provide advice on lifestyle issues, diet and exercise.

At the ESO we’re proud to teach a broad spectrum of osteopathic approaches, so our graduates can help care for a wider range of patients.