Osteopathy is an established and evidence-based system of diagnosis and treatment that focuses on the structural and functional integrity of the body. Osteopaths use a holistic approach, addressing the whole person to identify and help alleviate the root cause of pain experienced within the body.
Osteopathic Medicine is a concept of medicine that focuses on the body’s own ability to heal itself provided it is put into the proper biomechanical environment. The basic idea of osteopathy is that the way things work mechanically in the body will affect how they function. Osteopaths are experts at finding any tensions and mal-alignments that might compromise our health and wellbeing. They are highly skilled at correcting these mechanical problems so that our bodies can get on with doing everything they need to in order to look after themselves.
A Hands-On Approach
Osteopathy is more of a hands-on discipline. Observation, listening and palpation are among the most important diagnostic tools in this field. Treatments are varied and may include an array of interventions ranging from joint manipulation, cranial techniques, soft tissue to muscle energy techniques, among many others.
Every part of the body needs to be free to move in order to do its job properly. As we go through life, we pick up bad habits and hold onto unnecessary tension from the way we react to things that happen to us. This can restrict motion, which can have a profound effect on your body’s ability to look after itself. This is where an osteopath can help.
It is important to note that while there may be common treatment protocols, each person is unique and thus each healing process is different. That is why we focus on ‘treating the person not the disease’.