Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on restoring mobility, alignment, and overall function and wellbeing. The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. Its unique holistic (whole body) approach to healthcare is based on the theory that good health requires all of the body's systems and parts to function together in an integrated manner. If one or more are restricted or not functioning well, the rest must work harder to compensate, resulting in a variety of symptoms, ranging from stiffness, pain, inflammation and loss of mobility, to disturbances in mood, sleep, digestion or respiration. Therefore, osteopathic treatment may involve the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine, as well as the internal organs and fluids of the body. Its aim is to positively affect the body's myofascial, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Many gentle tests and techniques are used to find and treat the root causes of dysfunction and not just chase the symptoms. Some of these hands-on techniques include soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure and mobilization or manipulation of joints and organs.
Osteopathic treatment can treat the root cause of painful symptoms and loss of mobility.