Osteopathy is a hands on holistic approach to health care that recognises the connection between the structure and function of the body. Osteopaths use thorough case history and evaluation to assess and diagnose dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system (consisting of muscles, bones, ligaments, internal organs etc). It is through this approach that Osteopaths aim to relieve pain, inflammation, tension and restrictions of movements, joints or connective tissue, which in turn improves function.
Osteopaths not only treat the site of pain, but also attempt to identify factors that are contributing to your pain and symptoms and address these to provide effective treatment outcomes.
Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching, massage, general articulatory, joint mobilisation and gentle balancing techniques to assist in restoring the bodies function. In addition, your Osteopath may provide you with information regarding the management of your pain and strategies to reduce recurrence such as stretching or exercise.