What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a “whole body” system of manual therapy, based on unique biomechanical principles. Osteopathy uses a wide range of techniques to treat not only musculo-skeletal problems but also other problems that may not obviously be related to musculo-skeletal disorders.
Problems that are commonly treated with osteopathy include:
- back and neck pain
- pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles
- muscle strains.
Work related injuries, repetitive strain injuries and sports-related injuries also respond well to osteopathic treatment.
Osteopathy can help people manage pain associated with arthritic conditions. When used in conjunction with medical treatment, osteopathy may help reduce the severity of symptoms in conditions such as asthma, chronic fatigue and conditions associated with gynaecological disorders.
Many pregnant women find osteopathic treatment very beneficial because it can reduce back pain during pregnancy and help prepare the body for the birth process. For babies and children, osteopathy offers a wide variety of gentle non-manipulative techniques for problems caused by forceps delivery, infant colic and “glue ear”.