What is Osteopathy?

As per the European Standard on Osteopathic Healthcare, Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which
recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.

Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs
function as a whole. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths
can identify types of dysfunction in the body.

Osteopathic treatment includes techniques such as stretching and mobilisation for general treatment of the soft tissues, along with manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, connective tissues and organs.

Osteopaths are primary contact health practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard clinical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, obstetrical and nervous systems.

Osteopaths work frequently alongside other health professionals. The terms osteopathy and osteopathic medicine
are sometimes, and in some countries, used interchangeably.

Which medical conditions can Osteopaths claim to treat?

Based on evidence submitted to CAP prior to November 2016, the ASA and CAP accept that Osteopaths can claim to treat the following:

  • Arthritic pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Cramps
  • Digestive problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder and elbow pain
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
  • Joint pains
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Lumbago
  • Migraine prevention
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Tension and inability to relax
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)

Marie De Bock

Marie studied at the European School of Osteopathy in the UK, where she gained her Master’s in Osteopathy. During her time in the UK, she has been treating a variety of patients with different complaints. Now that she is in Malta, she will be working as a clinical massage therapist.

Marie treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries using a mixture of structural, functional and cranial techniques. Her approach is to view the person as an individual who is unique, not only in their body make up but also the injury they present with.

Her aim is to provide a focused and uniquely oriented treatment and management plan for the person, so that they can return to fitness as rapidly as possible. Marie has a special interest in pre and post-natal issues, issues associated with babies & children, women’s health and sports injuries.

To schedule an appointment with our Osteopaths or for further assistance, kindly contact us at Front Office.

Leonard Azzopardi Weitze

Leonard graduated from the European School of Osteopathy and is now practicing as a clinical massage therapist.

Through competition he has gained a broad experience in numerous sports through this he understands how the body must adapt itself uniquely to perform well in a sport and he strives to help others achieve success and limit injuries in their activities.

Leo has a passion for happiness. His mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to realise the optimum health inherent in them. His aim is to encourage his patients to strive and achieve their personal fulfillment. It is his firm belief that everyone has the power to achieve confident, beautiful movement.

Through patient empowerment he can help to facilitate the unity between body, mind and soul with his patients thereby aiding them to gain greater happiness.

To schedule an appointment with our Osteopaths or for further assistance, kindly contact us at Front Office.