Everybody knows that osteopaths deal with backs. That’s true. But we do more than that. Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a vast range of medical conditions. It is based on the original principle set out by its founder, Andrew Taylor Still that:
The skeleton, muscles, ligaments, nervous system, organs and connective tissues must work as one and or in conjunction with each other to work well.
Your osteopath will restore balance between these structures and how they function.
Osteopathy is a form of physical/manual therapy, so osteopaths use a highly skilled touch known as palpation, and will treat you by using many different techniques such as:
Manipulation – to increase range of motion in joints stretching and massage to reduce tension in certain muscles, improving the blood and nerve supply to tissues as well as the drainage too.
This is all done to promote the body’s innate healing mechanisms. In some cases, your osteopath may give advice on posture and exercise, as well as nutritional and ergonomic advice to further improve health and prevent re-occurrence of your symptoms.
Essentially, our osteopaths seek to find the root cause of your symptom rather than just treating the symptom itself.