What is Osteopathy?

 

Dr Still treating

“An Osteopath is only a human engineer, who should understand all laws governing his engine and thereby master disease” AT. Still, DO

 

Osteopathy is a uniquely holistic form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.

Injury and trauma can cause adaptions at a cellular level that can upset the balance of nutrient rich blood arriving to the tissues and removal of waste caused by their metabolism. This imbalance leads to an unfavourable environment in which disease can develop.

The body has an inherent capacity to heal and osteopaths use manual techniques to normalise the mechanical disturbances caused by injury and restore balance to all systems of the body. Once obstructions to normal physiology have been removed and the balance restored, nature will do the rest.

Osteopaths work with all ages and typically treat musculoskeletal injuries of the spine, upper and lower limbs and head. They can also assist in the management of issues with the digestive, respiratory,  nervous, vascular and lymphatic systems.