Osteopathy is a form of complimentary therapy, with all Osteopaths in the UK being regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is suitable for anyone from babies to the elderly. Osteopaths work mainly with the neuromuscular skeletal system focusing on joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is a drug-free non-invasive treatment that is concerned with total body health.
Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800’s by physican and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still. His vision was to help get people to full health minimising medicine and surgery with varying success. One of Dr Still’s first enrolments of students included J Martin Littlewood who then went on to help fund the British School of Osteopathy in London which helped lay the foundations for osteopathy in Europe.
There are 4 main principles osteopathy works with:
The body as a unit : this means looking at the whole body so for instance the whole body needs to be working in harmony to function at its optimum.
Structure ↔ Function : this is related to how the way the body is and how it works correlate. So the reason something functions a certain way is because of its structure and visa versa.
The rule of the artery : this is concerned with how the blood supply gets to an area and if this is affected it can cause dysfunction. This working well is vital for good health.
Body has its own medical chest : the body is able to heal itself sometimes needing some help to find its balance to stay healthy and working to its best ability.
Osteopaths treat a person not a specific injury for example if someone has hip pain the osteopath will also look at the lower limb and the spine. Osteopathy can help with a wide range of conditions including:
- Headaches arising from the neck
- Back pain
- Sports injuries
- Joint pain
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