What is Osteopathy

Traditional osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that focuses on total body health. It is a safe and gentle manual therapy that includes craniosacral therapy, myofascial release and visceral techniques.

It was founded by an American medical doctor, Andrew Taylor Still, in 1874.

Osteopathic Manual Therapy For Scapula

 

Assessment is performed through highly skilled palpation as well as postural and movement analysis. Osteopathic palpation is a well defined sense of touch that allows the practitioner to to feel restrictions within the body. It is a skill that takes many years to develop. Treatment focuses on releasing restrictions, so that proper movement and function can be restored, and pain relieved.

Osteopathic treatment aims to positively affect the musculoskeletal , nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

 
THE 4 KEY PRINCIPLES OF OSTEOPATHY:

  • The body is one unit. The interrelationship between the parts is always taken into account.
  • Optimal functioning is dependent upon proper structural alignment.
  • The body has inherent healing mechanisms which can be facilitated by the removal of restrictions.
  • The free movement of the fluids of the body (blood, cerebrospinal, lymph) is essential for health. Tissue healing occurs though good circulation.