WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the relationship between the Neuro – Musculo- Skeletal system.
i.e. The relationship between the nerves, muscles, bones, lymphatics and other connective tissue that support your body and control its movements.
Osteopathy adopts the following CORE BELIEFS
1) The Body is a Holistic Unit
Everything is connected and interrelated
No system ever gets injured alone = No system ever heals alone!
2) The Body has its own Self Regulatory and Self – Healing Mechanisms
The body has all the resources and mechanisms it needs to adapt and overcome
Our role as Osteopaths is to identify and remove any blockages in the body that are impeding the healing process, leading to toxicity or deficiency in key resources.
3) Structure and Function are interrelated
We can only function as well as our body allows us too
Our role as Osteopaths is to improve Biomechanics so that the internal architecture of our body can function optimally and increase output
WHAT DOES AN OSTEOPATH DO?
1) Musculoskeletal Assessment: A range of assessments to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of the pain, dysfunction or presenting symptom.
2) Manual Therapy: A range of hands on techniques that may provide relief from musculoskeletal pain, discomfort and accelerate the healing process
- Soft Tissue Massage
- Myofascial Release
- PNF Stretching
- Kinesiology Taping
- Joint Mobilisation
- Joint Manipulation
- Lymphatic Drainage
- Vagal Nerve Stimulation
3) Exercise Prescription: A range of interventions to compliment the “hands on” aspect of your management & increase your mobility, strength and endurance.
4) Lifestyle Management: Advice about your lifestyle, stress, sleep, nutrition, mindset and other factors that may influence your pain, injury or movement.
WHEN MIGHT I SEE AN OSTEOPATH?
An Osteopath can help with the management of a variety of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and/or dysfunctions, like the examples below:
- Muscle Strain
- Ligament Strain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Elbow, Wrist or Hand Pain
- Shin Splints
- Lower Back Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee, Foot or Ankle Pain