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.