What is an Osteopath?

Osteopaths  detect, treat and activate health by improving the function of body parts. This could range from the simple flexibility of your wrist joints to the mobility of ribs that could occlude blood or nerve vessels to the arm.

Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue, blood supply and nervous system functioning smoothly together, which in turn allows our bodies to healthily self regulate.

Osteopaths use hands on techniques including, stretching and massage, aiding in:
- Joint mobility and alignment.
- Reducing muscle, tendon or ligament tension.
- Enhancing the blood supply to and away from tissues and helping the body to heal.
- They use a range of techniques, not using drugs or surgery.

Common Symptoms

Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints, such as:
- Arthritic/Rheumatic pain
- Cramp
- Circulatory problems
- Headaches
- Digestive problems
- Fibromyalgia
- Joint pain


Patients fund osteopathy treatment privately. You don't need to be referred by your GP to see an osteopath.

If you have private health insurance, Matt is registered with leading companies (except AXA PPP). You can redeem the fee with emailed invoices that you can forward onto your health provider. 

Only people registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are allowed to practise as or call themselves osteopaths. You can find Matt Butcher on the GOsC website:


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