What is Osteopath?
Osteopathy is an alternative therapy founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician, in the 18th Century.
Osteopathy practice derives its philosophical concept of treatment that body is working as a holistically as a whole unit, body structures and functions is interchangeably important to each other.
There are 3 main key principles that osteopathic treatment is based:
- Focus on total body health by treating the whole musculoskeletal system- includes the joints, muscles and spine.
- Aims to positively affect body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems- whole integral system.
- Each body has its own self-healing and regulating mechanism
What are benefits of osteopath treatments?
The goal of Osteopathic manipulative treatment is to:
- Relief of pain and reduction of symptoms
- Improvement of functions
- Increase functional movement
- Improved blood supply and nutrition to the affected areas
- Sufficient return flow of fluids through the lymphatic and venous systems
- Removal of Impediments to return normal nerve transmissions.
How is osteopathy done?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment comprises of gentle hands on techniques which are pain free, safe, proven and very effective against disorders of muscles, bones, joints and nerves. The approach may consists of the following:
- Strain counterstrain
- Myofascial/Soft tissue release
- Muscle energy techniques( to influence the muscle and joint range)
- Low amplitude High velocity thrust
- Craniosacral therapy
- Visceral manipulation.
Conditions treated on Osteopathic Manipulation are:
- Generalised aches and pains
- General, acute and chronic back pain
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
- Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Migraine Prevention
- Joint pains
- Joint pains, including the hip and knee, from osteoarthritis (OA) as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
- Arthritic pain
- Rheumatic pain
- Shoulder pain (including frozen shoulder) and elbow pain (including tennis elbow) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the neck and back
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
- Muscle spasms
- Inability to relax