WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathic manual therapy or Osteopathic medicine focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the body’s structure, whether it is related to the pelvis, peripheral joints, visceral organs, nervous systems, venous system or the spine. Osteopathic manual therapists use a variety of techniques to correct biomechanic dysfunctions found in the body. In addition, they may provide advice in regards to diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to augment the body’s own healing tendencies. By restoring proper mechanics to an area, the osteopathic manual therapist allows the normal flow of fluids and improves functions which, in turn, assist in reducing pain and allowing “normal” activity for the individual.
CONCEPTS OF OSTEOPATHY
Osteopath believe that abnormal functioning of one area of the body can cause symptoms to present elsewhere in the body; the theory of TENSEGRITY. When the body is in balance, there is no excess stress. But when stress is produced in the body – causing imbalances – it can be amplified in other areas. Osteopathic manual therapists acknowledge that the body can heal itself and support the process by removing obstacles in the body.
By investigating and paying attention to the alterations in the body (joints, ligaments, muscles, bones, connective tissue and organs), an osteopathic manual therapist is able to interpret whole patterns of aches, pains and general health concerns. The goal of osteopathy is to restore normal movement so the body can repair itself naturally.