The maintenance of mechanical function is essential to good health. A body can function at optimum levels only if it is structurally sound. An alteration in the structure and function of the body, especially the spine, leads to reduced or impaired function in the organs or tissues. No matter what part of the body shows signs of illness or injury, every other part of the body is affected.
Osteopaths are trained to understand the nature and behaviour of tissues in both health and disease. Knowledge of the way each tissue should perform, and how it is likely to behave in illness, is vital to identifying the series of clues that collectively lead to a diagnosis.
Osteopathic treatment is different for every patient and for every case. However in all cases the aim of the osteopath is to effect change in the neuro-muscular-skeletal system. Osteopaths employ many different techniques even within one treatment session to bring about this change. eg; articulation, soft tissue, functional, muscle energy, neuromuscular, fascial lymphatic, inhibition, effleurage, vibration, stretching, manipulation, cranial, rhythmic techniques.
The Advertising Standards Agency only allows osteopaths to mention conditions where the efficacy of treatment has been proven by large scale clinical trials. This data is not yet available for many conditions that patients report improvement in, and therefore they are not mentioned here.
What can osteopathy help with?
Osteopathy can help with:
What is osteopathy and the role of an osteopath?
Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that acknowledges that the living body is a self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating system which maintains health constantly throughout life. Whenever that health-maintaining system is compromised, symptoms or disease could develop. Osteopathy is concerned with that which has compromised health rather than the resulting condition.
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993. They are trained to diagnose conventionally and also to use their hands to assess body function and dysfunction. This gives the osteopath uniquely sensitive information about the disability within the body and how this insight might be used to help restore health.
Although people commonly describe their symptoms in terms of conventional medical conditions, osteopaths do not primarily treat medical conditions; they are more concerned with the cascade of events which could have contributed to the development of those medical conditions.
You can find more about the benefits of osteopathy on the following sites:
General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
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