Osteopathy is an alternative medicine that focuses on the physical manipulation of muscle tissue and bones to positively affect the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems of the body. The philosophy of Osteopathy is to treat the person as a whole, and not just treat the symptoms. It places a great emphasis on the relationship between the structure, framework, and function of the body, and the teaching the appreciation of the body’s innate ability of healing itself.
Osteopathy uses various manual "hands-on" techniques to help improve blood circulation and correct any altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs. Techniques used include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance, which is known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Osteopathy can offer relief and treatment for various conditions which include:
When visiting an osteopath, it usually starts with the osteopath taking a full health history of the client as well as an examination. Generally, this requires the removal of some clothing and performing a simple series of movements.
The osteopath uses a highly developed sense of touch called palpation which helps in identifying the points of weakness or occurrence of excessive strain throughout the body. Osteopathic treatments are uniquely tailored to the individual needs of the client, and the techniques being used are selected according to the patient’s needs. For some acute pain, incorporation of one to two treatments may be necessary. However, chronic conditions may need to increase maintenance for six to eight sessions.
Osteopaths use a variety of techniques using their hands to perform such treatment which include: