Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the body; it combines scientific and medical knowledge of anatomy and physiology with clinical methods of investigation. It takes into account your medical history, lifestyle and personal circumstances and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopathy is the study of how the body can become structurally out of balance. An osteopath will treat the symptoms along with finding the cause of the problem to reduce the likelihood of the complaint returning. This is done by recognising the malfunction within the body structure and assisting with the body’s natural healing.
Osteopaths use their hands to diagnosis and treat a wide range of medical conditions. This will include touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.
They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. Strengthening the musculoskeletal system helps your body to heal itself and prevent illness. As many health problems are thought to be caused by poor posture and misalignment of muscles and joints. Osteopaths suggest that if the structure of your body is improved, the function of your body will also improve, problems will be alleviated and you will return to good health. Osteopaths’ treat patient from all walks of life including but not limited to the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, sports people, pregnant women, babies and children.