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what is osteopathy

What Is Osteopathy

A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated unit which contains self-healing mechanisms that can be used as part of treatment. No part of the body functions in isolation, and this should always be considered in diagnosis and treatment. Relevant psychological and social factors also form part of the diagnosis.

Osteopathic assessment includes listening to the patient’s history, examining muscles and joints and observing movements. X-rays, scans and other clinical investigations are also used if required. A wide range of gentle, non-invasive manual techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation are applied therapeutically.

Osteopaths work manually using gentle stretching techniques, articulation of joints, muscles and ligaments to enhance the function of the associated tissues. Joint manipulation using high velocity thrust techniques are an integral part of osteopathic treatment and are employed to improve joint mobility. Osteopaths also treat structural imbalances to help the body function more effectively.