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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is taking a deeper, holistic approach towards the body, posture, whilst integrating the links between lifestyle, environment, health and well-being. Osteopathy can be applied to the management of muscular-skeletal issues (please see section “Muscular-skeletal concerns”).

Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects these conditions have your general health and lifestyle.

Osteopathy is a system of manual treatment to the spine and other parts of the body and its aim is to restore impaired blood and nerve supply to muscular skeletal structures. Osteopathy looks at musculo-skeletal pain in relation to the whole person and body.

Osteopathic medicine is a unique form of medical care that was developed in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O. Dissatisfied with 19th century healthcare, Dr. Still founded a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”, and which focuses on the unity of the body. Dr. Still pioneered the concept of wellness and identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health.

Osteopaths take a whole person approach to caring for patients. They regard the body as an integrated whole. Osteopathic medicine holds that true health involves complete physical, mindful and social well being, rather than merely the absence of disease. The body is viewed as having a capacity for health that the osteopath can help the individual fulfil; therefore, treat the whole patient, considering other factors and habits in addition to physical symptoms.

The musculo-skeletal system is an important system in the body. Freedom of movement and adequate support allows a healthy skeleton, which not only protects the organs but it can influence their function and health. It helps us internally and externally, helping us with motion, movement, communication and normal function. Functional osteopathy becomes particularly useful here as the body’s own natural movements are encouraged with gentle motions by the osteopath, to help improve natural function.

The aim of osteopathy is to address problems in the body frame, making it easier for the body to function normally and reducing the chances of problems occurring in the future. An osteopath uses different modes of treatment depending on the nature of the symptoms and root cause.  All treatments aim to help the body function at an optimal level. An osteopath may also advise on posture, lifestyle and management.

Osteopaths use scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology and clinical relevance. Osteopaths spend a minimum of 4 years training in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, biochemistry, pathology and clinical examination of muscular and skeletal disorders. An osteopath knows enough about pathology to recognise conditions that should be referred to a medically qualified practitioner and will do so when necessary.

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