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What is osteopathy?

Anatori Sealife Comments 0 11th April 2019
What is osteopathy? Initial osteopathic treatment and consultation with an osteopath

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to treating a  wide range of aches, pains and stiffness anywhere in the body.

Osteopathy assesses the patient from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint. The practitioner uses a highly evolved sense of touch to investigate the underlying causes of pain. Besides, he determines tension and restrictions in the body and a detailed history of the patient. Thus, it can help to establish a diagnosis. Meanwhile, osteopathic treatment aims to reduce tension and restrictions, thereby restoring balance and reducing symptoms of pain or stiffness.

Osteopaths achieve it by a non-invasive, hands-on approach. Besides, they use muscle and soft tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movement or manipulation techniques. These also help to improve the range of motion of a joint or reduce tension in a muscle.


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Symptoms

Symptoms can result from a previous injury, a childhood condition, poor posture, injury, ageing, poor health, stress and tension. The osteopath will observe asymmetry, misalignment and tension in the patient. And he’ll use this information to help restore proper function during treatment. Osteopathy concerns itself with treating the underlying or predisposing factors that have attributed to the patient’s symptoms.

A basic osteopathic principle is that the body can heal itself.  Therefore, the osteopath aims to help restore proper structure through soft tissue massage, mobilisations, joints’ manipulations and other techniques. Besides, restoring proper structure helps return the body to normal function, leading to reduced symptoms.



Osteopathic treatment

Our osteopath treats each patient individually and gives the best possible attention. He creates a personalised treatment plan containing short, medium and long-term management strategies, such as exercises and general lifestyle advice.

On average, 2 or 3 treatments are all that are needed for some patients. Just one treatment can give complete relief. The number of sessions depends on the individual, the type of problem, and how long they have had the problem. 

The General Osteopathic Council regulate osteopaths who undergo rigorous training and Continued Professional Development.