What is osteopathy?

‘Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based upon the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together’.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. 'Description by General Osteopathic Council

Conditions treated by Osteopathy:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Cervicogenic headache (a headache arising from the neck)
  • Migraine prevention
  • Disc injuries including sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder conditions (e.g. rotator cuff syndrome)
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Muscle tension and tears
  • Neuralgia
  • Lumbago and sciatica
  • Generalised aches and pains

NB: Due to current ASA (advertising standards agency) laws we are currently limited in listing all the conditions osteopathy may be able to help with. If you're suffering in pain or discomfort, feel free to call or email to discuss your condition further and see if Osteopathic treatment can be of benefit.

Osteopathy is a regulated profession and osteopaths are required by law to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsc). The General Osteopathic Council ensure that all osteopaths operate to high professional standards.  It typically takes 4 years to become a qualified osteopath and requires over 1,000 clinical hours of training.  All osteopaths are required and expected to maintain our professional skills through on-going training and professional development. These assurances exist to make sure you can be confident your osteopath has the skills, qualification and knowledge essential for safe treatment.

The Osteopaths at Body Mechanix are highly experienced with over 15 years of clinical practice. We treat patients of all ages, from babies and children to older people and pregnant women.  Osteopaths utilise a range of techniques including manipulation, stretching, massage and gentle cranial techniques.

Your treatment is likely to be a holistic approach in accordance with osteopathic principals.  As such your osteopath may not concentrate on treating what seems like the problem area where the pain and discomfort is felt, instead your practitioner may treat globally, using techniques to balance all the systems of the body including the nervous, circulatory, respiratory and lymphatics to improve the overall health and well being of the patient.


Body Mechanix Harpenden   Harpenden Osteopath | Harpenden Physiotherapy | Harpenden Sports Massage

Body Mechanix Harpenden   Harpenden Osteopath | Harpenden Physiotherapy | Harpenden Sports Massage

Developed by A.T. Still in 1870, Osteopathy is a musculoskeletal treatment regulated and recognised by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

The heart of osteopathic practice is based around clinical examination, whereby your symptoms are investigated with specific, relevant, special tests, leading to an individual and appropriate diagnosis (inclusive of any psychological and social factors that may well contribute to the symptoms) leading to a personalised, tailor-made treatment.

Osteopathy takes into account mechanical and structural dysfunctional factors, which have caused the symptoms within the body. You may be surprised to learn that your dysfunction is located far from where the symptoms are presenting in the body.

All consultations are handled with great professionalism and sensitivity. An initial consultation at Body Mechanix will last between 45-60 minutes (average) to ensure a full and accurate diagnosis and treatment with follow up appointment lasting 25-30 minutes (average).