Osteopathy is a system of manual treatment whose aim is
to restore impaired blood and nerve supply to muscular skeletal
structures. For example, an osteopath looks at back pain in relation to
the whole spine, pelvis, lower limbs and associated muscular tension.
The aim is to correct problems in the body’s structure making it easier
for the body to function normally and reducing the chances of problems
occurring in the future. An osteopath often stretches the soft tissue
around the joint to bring back the total range of movement. An
osteopath will also advise on posture, lifestyle, exercises and stress
in order to minimize re-occurrence of the complaint.
Osteopaths spend a minimum of 4 years training in anatomy, physiology,
biomechanics, biochemistry, disease processes and clinical examination.
Osteopaths use scientific knowledge of anatomy, physiology and
biomechanics. They use clinical methods of investigation. Osteopathic
medicine takes into account things like nutrition and psychological
habits in addition to physical symptoms.