What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy uses a hands on approach to treatment.
Its philosophy is based on three principals that the body is a unit, structure and function are inter-related and the body has self healing mechanisms. The main aim is to restore function and reduce pain in the body and to find and treat the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms.
Osteopathy is holistic meaning that if you have an injury that we would assess the whole body as a unit. For example a sore hip may be due to a restriction in the pelvis, lower back, ankle or colon and these areas need to be examined. We may treat other areas that are connected biomechanically for example neck pain may require treatment of the upper back ribs, ribs, diaphragm and pelvis for example.
We take a detailed case history to determine what tissue is causing pain such as soft tissue, joint, ligament or nerve.
Osteopaths believe that the body is capable of self healing if given the right circumstances and barriers are removed such as muscle spasm, joint restriction, poor posture, diet, physical and emotional stress.