What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a drug-free manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. In layman’s terms, it is a way to detect, treat, and prevent health problems by moving, stretching, and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.
What is Being an Osteopathy Practitioner Like?
The path to becoming an osteopath usually starts with a minimum 4-year degree course, with an emphasis on orthopaedic conditions. To be an osteopath, you will need to possess certain requirements such as having good hand-eye coordination, keen interest in health science and human anatomy, and passionate about serving people.
After many years in the manual therapy game, you become grounded in evidence-based approaches and use these as interventions to treat patients. Over many years of practice, you begin to find what works for each individual condition that presents.
It is the responsibility of any practitioner to:
- Help you reach a diagnosis for a condition
- Explain the condition and provide treatment options
- Develop an exercise-based approach, grounded in evidence and personal to you
However, pains that develop throughout your body, do not develop on their own (unless direct trauma is involved). Every job you have had, the sport you have played, fall encountered and stress felt, leaves a mechanical footprint on the tissues throughout the body. The body adapts to these forces and begins to behave and move in alternative ways.
This leads to an increase in stress on the soft tissues and joints which gradually builds over time. When you experience pain, it is because of these compensations failing to adapt, for example, when that forward bend becomes one too many and you cannot stand back up!
What Sets Osteopathy Practitioners Apart?
What sets practitioners apart is their ability to identify these physical restrictions and weaknesses in the body. They then can apply up to date rehabilitation to the injured tissues and simultaneously find your individual strain patterns. These strain patterns are responsible for increasing the tissue stresses and predisposing you to injury but also for maintaining your symptoms and not allowing them to get better.
Osteopathic treatments are not just about what they see and feel, but they also possess lots of knowledge about sleep health, nutrition, exercise, ergonomics and other factors which can negatively impact your body.
What Does Osteopathy Help With?
We treat all manner of musculoskeletal issues ranging from:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Postural issues
- Joint pains
When you free the body to move how it should and normalise movement patterns and normalise tissue stresses, all manner of changes can happen. Just like after a good stretch session you feel total body relief, almost like you can take a bigger breath or take a wider step.
Osteopaths hope to unlock these tensions, either as prevention (just like we go to the dentist for a regular check-up instead of waiting for that toothache to develop) or in relation to your presenting symptoms.
We hope that this short and concise content will allow you to understand what is osteopathy all about and what is osteopathy capable of doing for you when you are experiencing musculoskeletal issues. Can we help you? We sure hope so. With the osteopathy services that we provide, we believe that your body will benefit from it. If you are still uncertain, please feel free to contact us via the following: