What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a system of holistic medicine that focuses primarily on the musculoskeletal system and its interconnections with the organs and the nervous system. Using some of the diagnostic approaches applied in conventional medicine – as well as a trained eye and sense of touch – osteopaths try to establish the structural cause of physical symptoms and use techniques to restore the optimal function of the body without the use of drugs or surgery.
Osteopathic evaluation involves observation and testing according to biomechanical principles – looking at the inter-relationship between all the different parts of the body to understand the patient’s unique physical make-up. Osteopathic diagnosis considers whether any medical conditions, previous injuries, surgery or ergonomic factors could be causing physical symptoms. Osteopathic treatment aims to relieve pain, improve function and promote healing, as well as reducing the likelihood of problems recurring.
• Soft-tissue massage
• Joint mobilisation
• Subtle connective-tissue and fluid balancing techniques
• Postural and breathing exercises
• Lymphatic drainage