What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment, using a variety of manual methods, which focuses on how well the body functions in relation to its structure. If the structure of the body [i.e. skeleton, muscles, ligaments connective tissues etc] is impaired, then it is unable to function efficiently and this usually leads to pain.
Strengths of Osteopathy
One of the main strengths of osteopathy is the unique way the patient is assessed. We do this by carefully examining the patient’s mechanical, functional and postural abilities, always remembering how each part of the body is interrelated. We also view the patient holistically, taking into account all aspects of the patient’s lifestyle.
Osteopaths also use a highly trained sense of touch, called palpation, to identify areas of restriction, joint mobility, tissue tension and quality.
Aims of Osteopathy
Osteopaths seek to restore the movement of the joints and the body to aid its inherent ability to heal itself. Improving the mechanics of the body influences other areas, such as the blood and nerve supply, lymphatic drainage as well as the activity of the internal organs For this reason Osteopaths can not only treat the common problems such as joint and muscle strains, but may also help relieve pain and other symptoms associated with arthritis, headaches, asthma, menstrual and digestive problems.
When the body is in balance and moving efficiently, just like a well-tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.
Osteopathy was first developed and introduced by Dr A T Still in the 1870`s in Mid-West America and later brought to England in the early 1900`s. From its early introduction into Britain, Osteopathy has gained wide acclaim for its holistic approach to patient care and its success in treating many musculoskeletal conditions.