Osteopathy is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer originate from abnormalities in the function of the body structure or from damage caused by injury or disease.
Osteopathy utilises many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength, however, lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and in the manual methods of treatment.
Osteopaths use their hands both to investigate the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction and to administer treatment using a variety of manipulative techniques. These may include muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements or high velocity thrust techniques to improve the range of movement in a joint or area. Gentle releasing and muscle energy techniques are often used, particularly when treating chronic conditions, children or the elderly.
Osteopathy is a patient centered discipline, which means your treatment plan will be formulated for you as an individual.