Most people visit an osteopath for help with conditions that affect the joints, muscles and bones. In particular, there is good evidence that osteopathy is effective in treating lower back pain. NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, actually recommends osteopathy as a treatment for lower back problems..
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage to detect, treat and prevent health problems.
Only people registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are allowed to practise as or call themselves osteopaths.