Osteopathy (Osteo) is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
This therapy is a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing. Osteopathy is a form of homeopathic medicine which treats the body’s musculoskeletal system by treating not just the symptoms of the patient, but looking for the root cause of their medical problems. It promotes complete body health by diagnosing and treating the muscles, tendons and joints with the goal of improving the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. It utilizes nutrition’s and surgeries to effect changes in a person’s health.
Osteopathy helps to decrease stress and minimize pain through manipulation and mobilization of joints, providing deep tactile pressure and stretching of the soft tissues in the affected areas.
When do I need Osteopath?
Osteopathy treatment focusing on the health of the musculoskeletal system – bones, muscles, joints and ligaments. Pain, pins and needles, swelling and immobility might indicate when these tissues are in poor health. It is widely used as an alternative to Chiropractic adjustments to restores proper alignment of the joints. Osteopaths can treat a range of conditions including:
- Neck and back pain
- Repetitive strain and overuse injuries
- Pregnancy-related discomfort
- Sports injuries
Because osteopaths believe that there may be a musculoskeletal link in many conditions, osteopathy may also help with a wider range of disorder.
Techniques of Osteopathy
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT in the U.S. or simply “osteopathic treatment” elsewhere) is the therapeutic application of manually guided forces by a practitioner, intended to improve physiologic function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by somatic dysfunction. Somatic dysfunction is defined as impaired or altered function of related components of the somatic (body framework) system: skeletal, arthrodial and myofascial structures and their related vascular, lymphatic and neural elements. Acute somatic dysfunction is an immediate or short-term impairment or altered function of related components of the somatic (body) framework. It is characterized in early stages by vasodilation, oedema, tenderness, pain, and tissue contraction. It is diagnosed by history and palpatory assessment of tenderness, asymmetry of motion and relative position, restriction of motion and tissue texture change. Chronic somatic dysfunction is the impairment or altered function of related components of the somatic (body framework) system. It may be characterized by tenderness, itching, fibrosis, paresthesias, and tissue contraction.