is a well established primary health care system that is
complementary to other medical practices and is concerned with the
inter-relationship between the structure of the body and the way
in which it functions.
Osteopaths focus on the framework of the body which includes
bones, ligaments, muscles and connective tissues or fascia and
through assessment seek out areas of weakness, restriction,
imbalance and excessive strain.
Osteopaths treat pain and dysfunction using a variety of different techniques, ranging from very gentle
to firm and may include joint mobilisation, passive and resisted
stretching, spinal manipulation and deep tissue massage. The
patientsí needs are of primary importance to the Osteopath and
treatment is tailored for each individual. Rehabilitative
exercises and postural advice are also routinely given.
Osteopathy takes a
whole body approach and aims to improve the mechanics of the body
which in turn influences things such as blood and nerve supply as
well as activity of the internal organs. Osteopathy as well as
treating the more common conditions such as, back ache, headaches,
joint problems, sports injuries and postural strains aims to
improve general health and vitality.