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about Osteopathy

About Osteopathy

Osteopathy could be described in simple, lay terms as "holistic manual medicine". Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment where gentle techniques are used to release and realign the body. Osteopathy is a system of health care that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of the physical body’s structure in order to optimise physiological functioning. Manual palpation and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) are used in conjunction with biomechanical, orthopaedic and neurological clinical assessment. Osteopathy is best know for treatment of neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders such as back and neck pain, sciatica, sporting injuries and postural strain. Put simply, optimising structural balance allows the physiology to perform optimally.

Osteopathy History
Benefits of Osteopathy Treatment

Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders and the effects of these on patients’ general health. Osteopathy is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. It offers an approach with gentle non-invasive techniques. An osteopathic assessment is so refined that the osteopathic manual practitioner can detect dysfunction without necessarily even having the benefit of a specific complaint, often difficult to obtain from young children. Osteopathy can be a complement to medical care for women throughout their pregnancy and to mothers immediately after the delivery. In fact, osteopathy can be very effective in assisting the mother’s body to restore and resume function in the post-partum period. Osteopathy assists patients to "manage" their own health so that "good health" is restored and maintained whenever possible. The philosophy of osteopathy promotes ‘health’ as opposed to ‘illness’, teaches people to learn to appreciate a quality of life and encourages opportunities to live it to the fullest.

What can we help with?Osteopathic practitioners treat a variety of common conditions including:
Back pain
Neck pain
Migraine and tension headaches
Sports and work related injuries
Disc injuries, nerve pain: sciatica, tingling, numbness
Jaw (TMJ) tension, clicking, clenching
Frozen shoulder
Ankle sprains
Joint dysfunction: hip, knee, etc
Rib sprain
Postural complaints
Occupational overuse syndrome
Arthritic pain
Whiplash and accident trauma
Discomfort associated with pregnancy and preparing for labour