Osteopathy is a form of holistic, manual medicine. This means that the osteopath will use a combination of manual techniques in order to treat the whole body, help eliminate illness and restore optimum health.
Being a manual therapy, Osteopaths use their hands to treat. By placing the hands on certain areas of the body, the osteopath is able to see and feel if there are any structural abnormalities in the body. Once found, the osteopath can then begin work on correcting the issues with manipulative techniques they apply with their hands.
Many people think that osteopathy is a therapy that only focuses on the physical, structural body and therefore, only deals with conditions like trapped nerves, strained muscles and physical pain. However, osteopathy is much more than this as it is a holistic therapy. For example, for instance, if a person has a headache or a digestive issue, the osteopath may often treat that particular area, but will also look at other bodily structures to see if something else is also causing and maintaining the problem. By correcting issues on the surface of the body, one may also have an effect on the internal landscape.
Techniques Used In Osteopathy
Structural osteopathy is a physical technique that is used to mobilise painful joints, release stress and tension in the body and help to elevate pain and bring a greater range of flexibility to injured or stiff areas.
Cranial osteopathy is a more subtle technique that can help with the circulation of all the fluids in the body. This also includes the cerebral spinal fluid which circulates around the spinal cord and the brain. Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle and relaxing technique that is very pleasant to receive and can address various conditions and symptoms.
Osteopaths may also use a technique called visceral manipulation. This technique is fascinating as it is a way of the practitioner being able to get a sense of any imbalances, disturbances and blockages in the internal organs by placing the hands on the outside of the body. As the practitioner does this, they can feel if internal viscera or organs have a physiological abnormality or if they are stuck or compressed. If they find that this is the case, then the osteopath can apply techniques to help to free up the organ.
Osteopathy is a medicine that can offer a great many benefits. The practice is about making different connections within the body to get to the route cause of an ailment and using a combination of techniques, such as the ones discussed above, to bring about a healing effect for the patient.