Osteopathy is a healthcare profession that requires at least four years of full time study in order to practice. Learning indepth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body during this time enables the osteopath to assess the structure of the body and then diagnose any tension or imbalances that effect its function. Therefore, seeing an osteopath can not only ease your symptoms, but also aims to identify and address the causing factors. By gently observing and palpating, treatment with an osteopath aims to restore, promote and maintain physical wellbeing. Your osteopath can give you tips on ways to manage and prevent your symptoms from returning.