Osteopathy is a holistic system of diagnosis and manual therapy used to treat musculoskeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body.
Osteopath’s look at the body as an integrated unit, so if there is an injury to one area it will flow on to other parts of the body.
When the musculoskeletal system is not aligned it inhibits circulatory, lymphatic or nervous system function which can lead to dysfunction in glands, organs and other areas of the body.
Osteopaths often treat areas that are pain-free which may be contributing to pain in other areas of the body. For example, neck pain or headaches may be the result of poorly aligned hips that have triggered issues up through the spine and surrounding muscles.
Osteopaths use a variety of methods to treat including stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.