Osteopathy is an entirely manual practice aimed at restoring the functions of all structures and systems of the human body. Its purpose is to assist the body’s capacity for self-regulation.
Whether preventative or reparative, the concept of osteopathy is characterized by its focus on individualized treatment.
It respects the relationship of body, mind and spirit in health and disease; it lays emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body and the body’s intrinsic tendency for self-healing.
Osteopathic treatment is viewed as a facilitative influence to encourage this self regulatory process.
Pain and disability experienced by patients are viewed as resulting from a reciprocal relationship between the musculoskeletal and visceral components of a disease or strain.
Osteopathic treatment is useful in a wide variety of health complaints:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Non anginal chest pain
- Athletic or overuse strain injuries
Osteopathic manipulative treatment may make a significant contribution to the health care management in the following diagnoses:
- Muscle tension headache independent or associated with migraine
- Muscle or ligament strains, ankle, elbow, knee
- Tennis elbow and golfers elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Gastric reflux, digestive problems