What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holisic manual therapy, with the aim of treating the whole body, rather than just the symptomatic area. Treatment targets both structure and function, promoting balance, well-being, and injury prevention. Contrary to belief, osteopathy doesn’t just treat back pain, but can benefit a wide range of conditions also.
One of the founding principles of osteopathy is the ‘body is a unit’ enabling a holistic approach for consideration of not only the body, but the mind and spirit also. ‘Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated’ is another founding principle of osteopathy, which relates to the structures; bone, ligament, tendon, muscle, fascia, being able to function in a balanced and harmonious way.
An osteopath is trained to have a highly developed sense of touch, to identify subtle changes in tissue quality, tensions and strain patterns throughout the body. This enables us to work with the body, to identify the root cause of tensions, allowing us to address these and restore balance.
Treatment is tailor made to the patient, depending on their individual needs. Techniques used during treatment may include; articulation, massage, manipulation, myofascial release and cranial osteopathy, where appropriate.
Post-treatment advice will be given, and may include prescribed stretches and exercises.
Osteopaths are highly trained manual therapists, who by U.K. law must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, to ensure high standards are met throughout the profession. This includes ensuring all osteopaths have completed at least 4 years full time of studying with a reputable university, along with monitoring the completion of continued professional development (CPD) of at least 30 hours per year, to ensure our knowledge base remains up to date and relevant.