Osteopathy is a manual medicine that involves hands-on treatment and uses many techniques such as soft tissue therapy, articulation of joints, strengthening techniques, and manipulations of the spine and joints. It is a gentle and safe manual therapy that works with the patient to restore the body to a state of natural balance.
Osteopathy differs from other manual therapies in that it treats the cause of dysfunction rather than treating just the symptoms. Osteopathy incorporates biomechanics to analyse the way the body is functioning with a condition, and looks to treat adjacent areas that are likewise affected. This is the holistic “whole body” philosophy that osteopathy prides itself upon.
What conditions osteopathy treats
Osteopathy is primarily known for treating a wide selection of musculoskeletal conditions, such as:
- Low back pain and disc problems;
- Joint tendonitis;
- Pregnancy-related pain;
- Neck and back pain;
- Headaches and migraines;
- Sporting injuries- strains, sprains and tears;
- Postural problems;
- Muscular pain;
- Hip, knee and foot conditions and pain;
- Shoulder, elbow and wrist conditions and pain;
- Work-related pain and injuries;
- Stress and tension;
- Motor vehicle accident injuries such as whiplash;
- Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel.
In conjunction with other medical treatments, osteopathy can be useful in alleviating the symptoms of:
- Gynecological problems, e.g., period pain
- Digestive problems
Osteopaths can treat people of all ages from newborns, infants and children to adults and the elderly.