About Osteopathy

osteopathy clinic sheffieldHere at the Active Healthcare Clinic in Sheffield, we are regularly asked “what is osteopathy?”

There are many definitions on the web – many of which are lengthy and complex. Therefore, we have condensed these definitions into the concise explanation below.

If you have any questions about what we’ve written here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Osteopathy is a gentle treatment that aims to relieve pain by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.

Osteopaths believe that wellbeing depends on bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together in an integrated manner. The body functions as an entire unit and therefore treatment for a condition should take a look at the person as a whole.

If a single body part is restricted due to an injury, other areas of the body may adjust themselves in order to compensate for this. This can lead to pain, stiffness or inflammation in other areas of the body – not just the area where the injury occurred. For example, someone who is experiencing pain in the hips may be doing so because of an injury to their back.

Osteopaths treat the source of the pain in order to facilitate the body in healing itself without the need for drugs or surgery.

Many people see an osteopath for help with back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, minor sports injuries or other problems related to muscles and joints.

The holistic approach of osteopathy is well recognised by the NHS and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and is accepted worldwide as an effective treatment for the ailments mentioned above.

You do not need a referral from your GP to see an osteopath. If you have an ailment that you think an osteopath may be able to help with, please get in contact with the Active Healthcare Clinic on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

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