What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still in the late 1800s in the United States of America, with the aim of using manual hands-on techniques to improve joint motion and circulation, correct altered biomechanics and restore body function without the use of drugs.
Dr Still claimed that human illness was rooted in problems with the musculoskeletal system and that hands-on manipulation could solve these problems and effect a cure by harnessing the body’s own healing potential.
Osteopathy is a form of manipulative medicine that focuses on the patient emphasizing the role of all of the body systems. This includes the musculoskeletal system; bones, muscles, ligaments, tendon, cartilages, and joints, that provides the movement, support, and stability for the human body to stay healthy.
When less than ideal tissue motion (mobility and motility) is found, osteopaths work to restore health by applying osteopathic principles in the practice of hands-on treatment to help restore normal motion.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that optimal health is rooted in all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness, and repetitive strain injuries.
Based on this principle, osteopathy does not simply concentrate on treating the problematic area, but rather uses manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body to provide overall good health and well-being. Osteopathy is the only science and art healing method that works along the lines of natural cause and effect. Its practitioners are trained to handle causes and generate effects through a complete training of knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body.
” A cure can always be effected if the cause can be removed”
What does Osteopathy treat?
All osteopathic treatment reverts back to nerves, the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems. These are the pathway of communication of health and wellness.
There are many common health problems that Manual Osteopathic Practitioners commonly treat such as: aches of the back, head, neck and feet
tennis or golfer elbow
repetitive strain injuries
Patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, postural issues, respiratory tract problems, digestive problems and arthritis have found improvements in health by using osteopathy. Manual Osteopathic Practitioners regularly see patients that have been injured from work, home or as a result of sports.
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