Osteopathy
Osteopathy is another confirmation of the expression 'everything ingenious is simple'. This is a unique direction in health care, which allows the use of simple and targeted techniques to help the patient's body find its way to health.

Osteopaths use their experienced hands, trained eyes, and the information they gain from your medical history to help diagnose the most likely cause of symptoms. Once a diagnosis has been established, the osteopath will propose a treatment plan to address your condition.

It is a holistic system of manual medicine that is primarily concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. However, all the body’s systems are related and co-dependant, which is why osteopaths treat people, not problems, looking beyond just the physical symptoms of a condition and using a range of approaches to promote the long-term health of patients.

This osteopathic method was invented by E.T. Still. One hundred and twenty years later, osteopaths remain true to his philosophy that a person is a single integrated system, the functioning of which cannot be divided into parts. It was Still who noticed that a violation of mobility in one joint can cause a chain reaction and destroy the harmony in the body. Still formulated three main principles:
- The body is one unit.
- Structure and function are interrelated.
- The body has an inherent ability to self-heal.

For example, if you shift your weight from two feet to one, a chain reaction will occur within the muscular and bone systems of the body, from head to foot, to enable you to establish balance under the new conditions.

A similar complex adaptation mechanism is activated in response to an injury. However, if the injury produced a local change which passed beyond the limit of spontaneous resolution, the various adaptations made in all other parts of the body persist, as new demands are made upon this living mechanism.

Osteopaths consider the biological, psychological, and social factors that cause ill health and create a treatment plan tailored to an individual physiology and needs. This usually includes manual therapy, as well as advice around exercise, diet, and lifestyle.

There are different osteopathic techniques we might use in different situations^

Structural osteopathy
Cranial osteopathy
Paediatric osteopathy
Obstetric osteopathy
Visceral osteopathy

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