What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a hands-on, manual therapeutic approach to health, which recognises the importance of the relationship between the structure of the body and its function.
In Osteopathy, the body is seen to have an innate, self-healing ability, which sometimes needs some assistance. The Osteopath aims to help the body to help itself.
You are seen as a unity of body, mind and spirit, and therefore, a treatment plan and advice given is based on a combination of your personal health history, conversation, physical assessment and treatment.
Advice given may include home exercises, basic diet and lifestyle adjustments, amount of treatment recommended and referrals to other practitioners.
Osteopathy may help to alleviate pain and discomfort in the whole body, including muscle, nerve, joint, bone, ligament, tendon, internal organs, fluid and connective tissue.
How Osteopathy Works
Osteopathy focuses on how the body functions as a whole organism.
Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the structure and alignment of the body and how it functions internally and externally.
Osteopaths are trained to perceive, assess and treat imbalances in this relationship, according to your individual presentation.
Osteopathic treatment, by aiding the removal of physical stressors, can assist the self-healing mechanisms inherent within your body.
Healing time depends on the restrictions, age and vitality of the patient and length of time of the problem. The more long-standing the condition, the longer it takes to heal.