Osteopathy

One of the founding principles of osteopathy is that the structure of the body’s skeletal system is essential for the efficient and healthy function of all of the body’s systems. Changes, adaptations, strains and restrictions in the skeletal system can therefore cause dysfunction in the body’s metabolic, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, nervous, renal, and reproductive systems.

An osteopath is educated to examine, diagnose, treat, and give prognosis where this relationship between structure and function may be compromised. During treatment an osteopath influences the spine and peripheral joints, as well the fluids, fascia, and tissues that complete the human body. We perform gentle movements to joints and organs to improve the biomechanical function of the whole body. Once the mechanical health of an area is restored, your body is better able to use its innate ability to heal, allowing for reduction in pain and improvement in health.

Osteopaths are very aware of the body’s innate drive towards health. This refers to your immune system’s ability to help protect you from a cold, help you get better after a virus, or heal a wound or fracture.  Considering this, an osteopath does not treat ‘on you’ or ‘to you’ like in many other health modalities, but is present to facilitate your body’s return to improved health

It is an osteopath’s responsibility to remove the physical barriers that are often in place from previous injuries, occupational postures, physical tensions and previous states of ill health, so that your body’s drive for improvement in health is exaggerated.

Patient Focus

History

Palpation

Patient Focused

You are an individual with your own story, history, life, and future. As osteopaths, our goal is to consult, treat, and support you with consideration of your situation.  It is fundamental that we consider your individual function and how you interact with your environment.

Osteopathy is composed of a vast range of techniques that your practitioner will use based on what will be best and most effective for you. The osteopath is able to design an individual protocol for treatment for you based on whatever your presenting problem is. No one treatment plan is therefore appropriate for all.

We are very interested in considering everything that has led you to this point in a systematic way – why this patient, this problem, at this time? – in order to plan the removal and treatment of the restrictions and strains that contributed to your problem.

There is no routine approach; we consider the effect of one area of strain in your body on your individual system and its history. Our case history consultation and examination is developed to help us find the facts that contribute to your injury, posture, and illness – your individual status of health.

History

Osteopathy was formally established in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, who emphasised the dynamic relationship of the structure and function of the human body.  By this, he meant the relationship between the ‘structural’ parts of human anatomy – skeleton, muscles, and ligaments – with the functions of the body – everything the body can do with its structure.

Osteopathy is no one statement, principle or technique; it is a holistic philosophy of health which considers not just the physical structure of the body, but also psychological and environmental factors.

When we listen to your health concerns, we are not only examining you to understand structural biomechanical links (e.g. ankle sprain leading to compensation of your knee, hip, pelvis, and low back) but also considering the environment in which you work, live, and play, and how you as a person inter-relate with your body and your environment. We consider how changes in diet, stress, and environment affect your body’s ability for long-term recovery, and aim to help you with these to make an improvement in health possible.

Palpation

Palpation is the skill of using one’s hands to examine the body, especially with regard to diagnosis.  From their first day of education an osteopath starts to develop palpatory skills essential for the effective examination and treatment of the tissue structure of the human body. Palpation is the sense of touch needed to develop the osteopathic approach into the ability to effectively work with you in a treatment. This skill develops with the osteopath’s experience in training and clinical practice and is a huge asset in the treatment of each individual patient.