It's based on the idea that overall health relies on the structure of the body, i.e. the skeleton and core muscles. When joints, muscles, the spine and skull are misaligned or damaged, this creates health problems.
There is also a branch of osteopathy called cranial osteopathy that concentrates on the neck and skull.
How does it work?
Osteopaths look at your bones and muscles to diagnose where there may be a problem. They will look at your whole medical history as well as any old injuries you may have. They may also take x-rays and blood tests. The osteopath then moves the body with massage and movement, putting your joints, spine and muscles into place.
What conditions can it treat?
Cranial osteopathy is good at treating babies heads after forceps delivery, migraines and ear, nose and throat problems.
Osteopathy is good for back and neck problems, joint, muscle and nerve disorders, bad posture and arthritis.
Can I have it on the NHS?
Some areas of the country have NHS osteopaths but it is not common. Your GP might refer you to an occupational therapist first or other specialist depending on your problem.
How much does it cost?
Osteopaths charge between £40-£80 per session.
Where can I go to get treatment and find out more information?
Speak to your doctor first, they might be able to recommend someone if they can't refer you. Or visit the General Osteopathic council.