Most patients consulting osteopaths seek relief from musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. With 4 out of 5 people suffering with back, neck, or joint pain at some point in their lives, patients are increasingly turning to osteopathy for help.

Osteopathy is a drug-free noninvasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and restoring balance in the different systems at work in the body; such as the musculoskeletal system, which includes the joints, muscles and spine.

Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, articulation and joint manipulation. Each of these techniques always aims to restore tissue mobility. Once restrictions are lifted, the reduction of inflammatory stress combined with greater mobility allows the body’s self-healing mechanism to function, thus providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself.

Osteopathy is a unique holistic approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to find and treat the cause, thus restoring the balance in the body and allowing it to reach homeostasis, in other words good health and wellbeing

Founding Father

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still

Dr Andrew Taylor Still. Considered the father of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still established the practice of Osteopathy in the late 1800s in the United States of America, with the aim of using manual techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs. Based on simple holistic principles, osteopathy quickly developed into the established complementary medicine we know today.

The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles are based on the holistic nature of the body; all parts of the body are designed to function together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body will be forced to adapt and compensate, eventually altering the function of the affected structure, resulting in inflammation, pain, stiffness and in the long term possible serious health conditions.

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