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. It adopts many assessment tools that mirror those used in more conventional/orthodox medicine (orthopaedics, neurology etc) but the treatment approach invariably differs.
Osteopaths focus 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.