What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is concerned with how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a unit.
Benefits of osteopathic treatment may include reductions in pain and improvements in mobility. Other body systems may also improve as a result of the improved function of the circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems.
Statutory registration of osteopathy is mandatory for practitioners to practise in Australia.
How can an osteopath help you?
An osteopath will pay particular attention to any concerns you have about your muscles and joints.
Spending long stretches of time sitting at desks in offices and working from home may cause neck or back pain, tightness and stiffness. An osteopath will support you with treatment for these conditions by mobilising joints and stretching muscles and fascial or connective tissue to restore normal function and promote health.
Osteopathy originated with physician and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still in Missouri, USA in the 1800s. He was an early pioneer of the idea of treating the body as a whole system.
His ethos is very much aligned to the contemporary natural medicine belief that focus should be on treating the whole person, rather than the disease or its symptoms.