OSTEOPATHY IS .. a system of health care that places emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and its importance to the overall function and health of the body. Osteopathy adopts many assessment tools that mirror those used in more conventional/orthodox medicine (orthopaedics, neurology etc) but the treatment approach invariably differs.
Treatment focuses on health and well-being rather than the treatment of ill health or disease. The body is restored to a state of balance without the use of drugs or surgery but by specific techniques that break down the barriers preventing the tissues from functioning optimally and healing themselves post injury. A range of non invasive, gentle, techniques are adopted which can involve treating the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) the organs (e.g the small and large intestines) and the joints, including joint manipulation (audible click). 'Treatment' also includes advice and exercises to maintain the state of balance and strengthen weakened areas to prevent a recurrence. Each treatment is tailored to suit an individual.
Osteopaths treat more than just backs
Osteopaths don't just treat backs and necks. Osteopaths are trained to treat joint problems too.
Your feet might be the underlying problem
The feet are often overlooked. Your osteopath will assess your feet and your gait (style of walking) to ascertain whether your back or joint problem could be coming from your feet.