What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a clinical, non-medicated form of manual therapy that address, diagnoses, treats and prevents a wide range of health problems. Osteopathy is under the regulation of the General Osteopathic Council, its governing body and all osteopaths are on its register.
The osteopathic approach to health care and health is quite distinctive: in osteopathy, the body is viewed as one unique functional unit and its integrated systems. Where an optimal ‘’alignment‘’ of the body systems (joints, ligaments, tendons, nerves, arteries, veins lymphatic systems to name a few) lead to optimal function and good health. Osteopathic views can be summarized into 3 basic principles:
-The body, is a unit and should be regarded and treated as such.
-The body, under the right conditions possesses the ability to heal itself
-The body structures and function are mutually interdependent.
Unlike traditional therapies, osteopathy avoids practicing symptomatic therapy. The osteopath aims to look beyond the symptoms to identify the triggers and underlying root of pain and discomfort of the problem. To do so the osteopath analyses the patient as a whole taking a detailed case history and performing an in depth examination (See treatment and examination hyperlink). This approach leads not only to pain and symptom relief but also help to prevent re-occurrence of the problem and a gradual recovery or stabilisation of chronic disease. One of the aims of an osteopath is to elevate the patient’s health level above what they had prior the onset of their symptoms.
In order to achieve long term and sustainable good health with their patient, osteopaths use a combination of techniques and self-care advice.