What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic medicinal practice that addresses the entire person in an attempt to heal the body. The idea is to help the body to begin to heal itself. Here is some information about how the process works.

Osteopaths study medicine but also other approaches to healing as well. It can be argued that all problems of sickness in the body are not best served through invasive approaches or medication. Many times, lifestyle changes are a root cause and getting at the root can begin to solve the problem.

Pain in some form is a major reason that people visit a doctor. An assessment of the area that is experiencing the pain along with a look at other systems give the osteopathic doctor a complete picture of what is going on. After a trauma, pain can be the result of the body finding another way to deal with compensating for what has happened on the inside.

Why do you seek an osteopath? Mostly, they are sought for pain – back, neck and sports injuries. But besides musculoskeletal disorders, they are also consulted for asthma, digestive maladies, UTIs and reproductive conditions.

An osteopath may suggest a number of approaches to your care after an assessment. One area that is explored is diet. What we eat can affect the body. The absence of nutritional vitamins and minerals can leave deficiencies in body systems that are crucial to improving the immune response and pain relief.

How about lifestyle changes? Certain choices that we make can hinder our recovery from injury. For instance, smoking is bad for your body in many ways but it can also retard the healing process. By getting rid of this habit, healing has a better chance of occurring for you.

How It Works

The treatments offered by an osteopath are non-invasive. They use massage techniques, manipulations or adjustments of the skeletal system and stretching to break connections that should not be forming in the body, in favor of returning the body to correct alignment and function. Joints, nerves and muscles are involved in the osteopathic treatment.

Deep massage – These techniques manipulate the soft tissues deep within the muscles. They can loosen connections between muscle and bone where there shouldn’t be any. Scar tissue formed by the inflammatory process can lead to trapped nerves and pain.

Stretching – Moving the joints and muscles through various routines can help to realign the skeletal system and restore the range or motion to your limbs. The result will be restoring the proper nerve response to the muscle and joint so that the proper pathway if followed.