What is Osteopathy?
As an osteopath this is a question that is asked on a regular basis. Osteopathy is a manual therapy that was established by A.T. Still in 1892. It is based on the 4 founding principles:
- The body is a whole
- Structure and function are inter-related
- The body has the ability to heal itself
- The artery rules supreme
Treatment is based on applying these principles with a sound and thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology. An osteopathic medical approach to treatment typically uses osteopathic manipulation to restore structural freedom in the tissues, improving fluid flow throughout the body, and creates the optimal setting for healing to occur.
Osteopaths use a wide variety of techniques to treat many musculoskeletal conditions. These include: mobilisations of joints, manipulations of joints, soft tissue massage and effleurage, muscle energy techniques (MET), and cranial osteopathy. Some osteopaths also combine other techniques such as ultrasound therapy and acupuncture.
Osteopathy can treat many conditions, we are best known for treating back pain, however other conditions treated include:
- Neck pain
- Poor posture
- Poor breathing mechanics
- Joint pains
- Sporting injuries
- Tennis/golfers elbow
- Pregnancy related back pain and SPD
- Tension and cervicogenic headaches
- Balance problems in children