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What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy was developed by A.T. Still in the latter half of the 19th century in the U.S.A. Disillusioned with Orthodox Medicine, Still began exploring ways of treating people suffering from a broad range of problems by assessing how their body framework was misaligned or functioning abnormally.
Still wanted to develop a manual “hands on” technique to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics without the use of drugs.
Conventional medicine uses diagnosis as a basis for prescription. Osteopathy is also a system of diagnosis, but the choice of approach can vary according to the practitioners’ aims in treatment. Treatment is concerned primarily with Mechanical problems of the body’s framework. These are principally within the Musculo-Skeletal system. However disturbances in the viscera may cause secondary changes within the muscles and joints. Therefore the scope of manual treatment is limited to dealing with patients where there is a significant mechanical component to the problem.
The philosophy of Osteopathic medicine is truly holistic, treating the person as a whole, and not just the symptoms. It places emphasis on the relationships between the body's structure, framework and function, teaching the appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself.
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Osteopaths work with their hands using a variety of techniques:
Massage and stretching techniques
Articulation techniques - passive joint mobilisation
Muscle energy techniques (MET) - releasing contracted muscles by working against resistance.
Counter strain techniques - counter stretching restricted joints and muscles whilst in position of comfort in order to achieve releif
Functional techniques - gentle joint mobilisation
Gentle manipulation - using the body's natural range of motion
Visceral techniques - management of conditions affecting internal organs involving gentle and rhythmical stretching the visceral areas.
Exercises - Often home exercises are given to help you maintain the results of the treatment given to you during your session.