What is Osteopathy
Manual therapy treatment that is an integrative medicine. Primarily, Osteopaths focus on abnormal joint movement patterns and possible presence of inflammatory changes when diagnosing and treating the body.
The approach is hands-on and centred around improving joint mobility, reducing soft tissue restrictions, and highlighting any muscular imbalances that may be associated. It focuses on the body “holistically” (or, as a whole), where it is important to consider not only the specific point of pain or dysfunction, but other contributing aspects that may be present elsewhere, both in and out of the body.
This means that although its approach is often musculoskeletal in nature, neurological, systemic and lifestyle health is also observed, to gain a greater understanding of each person’s specific needs. It is important to remember that other factors such as diet, sleep, levels of physical activity, occupation and mental health can all contribute to pain or dysfunction – no two individuals are the same and Osteopathy observes this.