What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is the philosophy of healthcare focused on the musculo-skeletal system and the way in which this interrelates with the body as a whole. It is a philosophy, science and an art, and a way of understanding, measuring and detecting dysfunction within the body and that, which is compromising health.
Osteopaths are like detectives, searching the body mechanics for clues and collaborating the findings to create understanding to the answer to suffering. They use their hands on the accessible parts of the body to reach the healing potential inside and access the innermost system of healing within the interstitial fluids, connective tissue, nervous system and circulatory system and aid the communication between the sum of these parts.
Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch. Diagnosis is arrived at using medical tests to rule out pathology and disease, and consists of examining the seen and unseen, from head to toe and applying hands on techniques to help promote tissue repair and healing and assist the body to change. Almost any dysfunction or symptom can be helped because Osteopaths access the tremendous healing system present in all of us. Other factors contributing to a patient's health problems can be also identified by Osteopaths, who can then advise on nutrition, cognitive behavior type therapy, ergonomics, exercise, or at times refer patients to other therapists or Consultants.
The tissues of the body are examined, the moveable parts, all the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fluid and bones. Simple examinations to reveal movement and restriction, inflammation, knotting in muscle fibres, weakness or strength, flexibility or stiffness without any words exchanged the problem areas can be identified.
ASA and CAP accept that Osteopaths can claim to treat the following:
Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
Generalised aches and pains
Minor sports injuries
Tension and inability to relax
Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)