Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy, which aims to identify and address the underlying causes of aches, pains and other general health problems. An osteopath looks beyond immediate symptoms and pays attention to the significance of any alteration that can impair structure or function. The osteopath works with the human body’s natural inclination for self-healing, restoring normal movement and function in areas that have become dysfunctional, helping to resolve areas of immediate pain and maximising the body’s own ability to repair itself and to keep itself healthy.
Osteopaths differ from chiropractors in that chiropractors often use x-rays for diagnosis and focus their treatment on quick manipulations of the spine, while osteopaths focus on patient history and palpation for their diagnosis and use a much broader range of manipulations that address the entire body where necessary.
Osteopathy differs from physiotherapy in that a physiotherapist deals with a localised area of dysfunction and specific symptomatic area. The osteopath will take a more global approach, by considering the localised dysfunction along with and in the context of the other key areas of the body.
WHY YOU MIGHT SEEK OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT
Osteopathy can be used to treat patients of all ages for ailments that result from an imbalance somewhere in the body’s network of systems.
Conditions as varied as headaches, sinus congestion and earaches, back and neck pain, whiplash, joint stiffness, sciatica, numbness or tingling, digestive disorders, period pain, discomforts associated with pregnancy, respond well to osteopathic care.
Osteopathy is also very effective in treating babies and infants, whether to correct the stresses and strains that result from a difficult birth, or as a preventive means to strengthen organ and structural function and help the child breathe, digest or sleep better…