What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is holistic manual medicine. Osteopathy treats the cause of the problem which resolves symptoms. Osteopaths: – determine the underlying factors causing the problem – assess and treat the physical health of the patient – provide adjustive treatment.
Types of Care
Preventative Care: more people are finding Osteopathic treatment effective as a form of preventative health care. Many patients seek evaluation and treatment to maintain their current level of good health. The earlier a potentially pathological process can be identified and treated, the less likely a serious condition will arise. The preventative potential speaks highly of manual Osteopathic care.
Corrective Adjustment: is always the focus during every evaluation and treatment. The Osteopath focuses on the causes of the problems and complaints, not the symptoms. This differs from manual approaches, which are symptom-based. As an example, a person suffering from headaches may have imbalances in the pelvis, spine, viscera and so on that are showing up symptomatically as a headache. Other approaches may look only at the head and neck, but the true cause may be elsewhere, and unless identified and corrected, the headaches will not resolve.
Palliative Care: unfortunately, some patients experience significant injury or disease and find Osteopathy late in their search for relief. As a result, the pathological changes may be extensive and beyond cure. In these cases, Osteopathic treatment may provide symptomatic relief, and improve the patient’s quality of life.