Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.
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What Is Osteopathy
Osteopathy (also osteopathic manipulative medicine or osteopathic manipulative therapy) is a type of alternative medicine that emphasizes manual readjustments, myofascial release and other physical manipulation of muscle tissue and bones.
Origin of Osteopathy
Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, Dr. Still was a medical physician who had become frustrated with what he saw as the ineffective nature of remedies at that time. Dr. Still watched helplessly as the best medications available failed to save his own three children from spinal meningitis. Frustrated by his inability to help his children he started his search for an alternative healing practice. He believed that the doctor’s role in fighting disease was to restore the body’s proper musculoskeletal function. He eventually based his new system on the idea that manipulation of the spine could improve blood flow and thus improve health by allowing the body to heal itself.
The World Health Organization recognizes the Osteopathic concept of somatic dysfunction as being scientifically proven.
What are the benefits of osteopathy?
Decrease of tension in the body, reducing pain & tension headaches. Reduction of pain in muscles and stiffness in joints. Support of spinal posture. Increase of blood circulation and healing. Improvement of joint mobility.
Osteopaths can manage a range of conditions including
Neck and back pain
Repetitive strain and overuse injuries
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Because osteopaths believe that there may be a musculoskeletal link in many conditions, osteopathy may also help with a wider range of disorders.