What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions which was first established in America in 1874. It is a manual therapy which works with the structure and function of the entire body and is based on the principle that the well-being of a person depends of the efficient functioning of the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and organs. Osteopathy doesn't just target the presenting symptoms, but aims to establish what has caused the symptoms. Ostopaths take a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if it is in good balance.
Osteopathy is a regulated system of diagnosis and treatment suitable for all ages. It’s a form of manual therapy which takes a holistic approach and works with your body to help stimulate its own healing processes. Osteopaths believe that your whole body will function well if it’s in good structural balance. They work to restore your body to a state of balance by encouraging the efficient functioning of joints, muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and organs. Osteopathy doesn’t just target the presenting symptoms, but aims to find out the underlying cause of them. Every part of the body is interrelated, so treatment may also be given to areas where you do not necessarily feel pain.
Osteopaths use touch and a wide range of techniques, some of which are articulation (movement) and manipulation of joints, massage and gentle stretching. Techniques are tailored to patients’ individual needs and preferences. The aim is to ease pain and discomfort, improve the functioning of your joints, reduce muscle tension and any swelling that may be present.
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- The body is a unit
- Structure and function are interrelated
- The body has its own self-healing abilities
- If the self-healing mechanisms breakdown
dysfunction may occur
- The movement of body fluids is essential for health