What Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy takes a holistic and patient-centered approach to health care, based on the principle that a persons sense of wellbeing and their body’s function can be improved by manual treatment of their musculoskeletal structure. Stefano Pitzalis (Gozo Osteopathy) believes that everyday life and stressful situations have an immense impact on how the body reacts and Osteopathy can address these issues.

What Does It Involve?

At Gozo Osteopathy, an osteopathic assessment is undertaken to treat your issue, whether it be an injury to manage pain, improve mobility, enhance your health and wellbeing or prevent disease.

This involves a diagnosis and then treatment of joints, muscles, ligaments, nerves and spinal structures using gentle, safe and effective manual techniques. Treatment may include gentle joint manipulation, stretching, massage or joint balancing techniques.

What Should You Expect?

At Gozo Osteopathy, your initial consultation and treatment will last approximately 1 hour. This will involve taking a detailed case history, to include any previous medical history such as serious illnesses, accidents, broken bones or operations you may have had since birth up to the present day.  Any of these may have a bearing on your current problem.


An examination will then be carried out and you may be asked to perform simple movements to aid in the understanding and assessment of your situation. In addition, other tests such as blood pressure, reflexes, joint mobility and muscle strength may also be performed.

A diagnosis will be made based on your case history and examination findings which will be discussed with you before treatment begins. You may be referred to your doctor or suggested to seek alternative treatment or investigations which may be helpful in solving your problem.


A treatment plan will be made if osteopathic treatment is indicated which will also incorporate advice on diet, lifestyle and exercise.

Sometimes more than one session is needed in order to not only relieve pain but to rehabilitate and help prevent future recurrences of the problem. Additional treatment sessions last half an hour.