What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of drug-free, non-invasive, manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Osteopathy aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems through the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints and muscles.
What Does a Treatment Involve?
The first visit to an osteopath will run along the same lines as an initial visit to a General Practioner. A complete medical history is documented and questions asked about lifestyle, diet and emotional status are documented as well. The osteopath will want to hear about all of your symptoms, as well as details of any past accidents or traumas even if they may seem unrelated to the patient’s current problem.
What Kind of Ailments Can be Treated Osteopathically?
Osteopaths treat more ailments than you probably think. Many patients present a variety of complaints that range from aches in the head, back, neck and foot to sciatica, shin splints, tennis elbow and repetitive strain injuries. Many other osteopathic patients suffer from asthma, arthritis, digestive problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash and/or postural problems. Osteopaths also deal regularly with patients who have been injured in the workplace, at home or while playing sports. If you have a general injury, pain or body aches you are a candidate for osteopathic treatment.