Is osteopathy only for when you're injured?

I’ve read that you can go to an osteopath for a routine check-up, but curious to know what that involves if you’re otherwise feeling healthy and strong and don’t have any muscular complaints?

Hi Alice,

Osteopathy is primarily a form of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health problems. This includes hands-on and exercise prescription for treatment of musculoskeletal aches and pains, headaches, sports injuries, back pain, sciatica, ect.

The prevention aspect of treatment might involve assessing and optimizing your movement which could lead to hands-on treatment and exercises, giving health advice, addressing any concerns.

If you’re looking for a nice relaxing treatment or want a massage for an hour then I would suggest going for a deep tissue massage. If you have pain, health conditions, movement/sports-related questions or concerns or want a deeper analysis into your overall musculoskeletal health then a check-up osteopathy appointment might be the one for you.

It’s also worth considering that every practitioner is different and may have a speciality (general, sports, pregnancy, infants, movement, cranio-sacral) so read their bio to find the right one for you.

Hope this helps!



Thanks Felix, that’s a super helpful answer :slight_smile:

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