What is Osteopathy?
"Osteopathy is Preventative Medicine... Lifestyle Medicine"
Osteopathy is the practice of using a hands-on and holistic approach in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of an individual's injury or concern. The profession, founded by Andrew Taylor Still, was built on pillars which highlight and appreciate the astounding mystery and resilience of the human body as well as its relationship with mind and spirit. These are:
The body is a unit of physical, mental and spiritual.
The body possesses self-healing and maintenance mechanisms.
There is a reciprocal relationship between one's structure and function.
Osteopaths usually undertake a 4 or 5 year integrated Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost) degree program and are trained across a number of scientific disciplines such as Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Orthopaedics and some Psychology. Therefore, Osteopaths should be capable of integrating their knowledge base to provide appropriate patient management and a high standard of care and advice to clients.
Some techniques normally utilised by Osteopaths may include:
- Joint manipulation - "clicking/cracking" of a joint.
- Joint & Soft Tissue Mobilisation/Massage - passively moving joints and muscles, normally in a rhythmic motion to help them relax.
- Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) & Myofascial Soft Tissue Release - applying non-oil based stretching techniques with and without resistance.
- Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling - using sterile needles locally at sources of pain to reduce muscular tension and promote healing.
COMMON COMPLAINTS OSTEOPATHY TENDS TO HELP...
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Muscle strains/Joint sprains
- Sport Injuries