What is Osteopathy

 

 

Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to healthcare recognising the important link between the structures of your body & the way it functions. An osteopath uses anatomical and physiological knowledge, along with skilled clinical evaluation to assess and diagnose. They look at the whole body for causes of injury, as well as barriers to recovery. Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques to improve the relationship between the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation to restore full function to the body.

The body is a unit..

 

This means one part of the body cannot be separated from another and therefore the body needs to be treated as a whole. This is also known as being ‘holistic’ and Osteopaths are well known for treating the body ‘holistically’. For example, hip pain may originate in the hip or may be resulting from compensation for knee, ankle or back problems.

The body has a self healing capacity

Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal themselves. Osteopathy gives the body a helping hand by assisting it to heal itself faster and to maintain that change.

Structure and function are interrelated

 

This means that the body functions best if the structure is optimal. Through ‘hands on’ treatment and postural changes, Osteopathy supports achieving optimal health and balance.

It is a form of manual medicine established by A.T. Still in the late 1800’s. It focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which underpins the human skeleton. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. One of the key principles is that the body is a unit and all parts of the body must function together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. When the body is free of restrictions in movement, Osteopathic treatment assists the body with pain minimization, reduced stress and greater mobility providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself. Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilization or manipulation of joints. Who has it helped?