On Lesvos, medical services are pushed to breaking point. There is scant access to hot water, hygiene is poor, violence is endemic and disease is rife. Many migrants are desperately in need of healthcare, but despite the work of NGOs, there is simply not enough help to go round.

Chronic muscular and joint pain is very common due to the damp, overcrowded and inhumane living conditions. Many migrants have also incurred injuries either from war in their home countries or from the long and dangerous journey to Europe.

“Reception facilities on the islands remain substandard and may reach the threshold of inhuman and degrading treatment, as it has been widely documented. Overcrowding, lack of basic services, including medical care, limited sanitary facilities, and violence and lack of security poses significant protection risks” – Asylum Information Database


Osteopathy for Refugees aims to provide alternative healthcare for the women living in Moria. Osteopathy requries nothing more than a plinth and the practioner’s skill. It can be practiced anywhere, and is the sort of treatment that can transform lives when medicines and hospitals are in short supply. Despite this, as far as we know, osteopathy has never before been used in a humanitarian setting, and the potential is far-reaching.

Osteopathy a non-invasive, manual form of medicine that improves health in the muscles & joints, as well as in the nervous and circulatory systems of the body. Rather than concentrating only on  the problem area, it aims to balance all the body’s systems, promoting overall health & wellbeing.

You can read more about osteopathy, and what it can treat, here and here.

If you are an osteopath and interested in volunteering with us, please drop us a line at coordinator@beckysbathhouse.com