27th July 2017 
About Osteopathy #01

About Osteopathy

What Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment that recognises the role of the musculoskeletal system in the healthy functioning of the body. The musculoskeletal system is a key element in maintaining health and makes up two-thirds of the body's mass. It impacts upon and reflects the condition of all other systems in the body. Osteopathic theory involves the principle that structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are inter-related. If the structure of a joint is distorted in any way, this will affect the normal mechanics of the joint resulting in dysfunction, which patients often feel as pain and stiffness.

The body has a natural ability to self-regulate and self-repair. Osteopaths rely on this innate healing ability to return their patients to good health. Osteopaths also promote nutrition and fitness to sustain healthy body systems. Osteopathy uses no drugs but instead, osteopaths work with their hands using a wide range of treatment techniques, such as soft tissue and neuromuscular massage, joint mobilising techniques and manipulations designed to improve the mobility and range of movement of a joint.

With their highly trained sense of touch, osteopaths use these manual techniques both to diagnose and treat underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment. Osteopathy's strength lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the way that treatment is planned to suit the needs of the individual patient.