Andrew Tailor Still developed the concept of Osteopathy in 1874, recognizing the importance of looking at the body as a whole, its environment, fuel and the impact of this upon how we function and feel. He recognized the importance of the circulatory and nervous system, its effect on our entire structure and ability to function and the extraordinary ability to heal that our body’s have despite ourselves. John Martin Littlejohn who established the Littlejohn College of Osteopathy and Hospital in Chicago, and latterly the British Scholl of Osteopathy, London, says:
‘The underlying principle, as applied to Osteopathy, is expressed in the word ‘ADJUSTMENT’
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine. Focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic, joined up unit.
Using a process of skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands on techniques, Osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body.
With a sound training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques, Osteopaths get to the root cause of a problem. Primary healthcare practitioners Osteopaths are trained to recognize conditions which require a medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Mechanical musculoskeletal faults can occur due to injury, illness, stress, poor posture and many other factors. These faults or injuries can be held in the body long after the trauma or stress and can build gradually over time in repetitive stress injuries. If these problems are left untreated it can allow the initial problem to worsen and cause compensatory strains or persistent pain.
Osteopaths evaluate the balance of the mechanical functioning of the body against the daily demands placed on it. We use a holistic approach to find the root of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.
In most cases it is not just a muscle or joint injury, as these structures are all closely linked. If one part of the body is restricted then the rest of the body must react and compensate, which can lead to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health problems. Osteopaths aim to free the restrictions and assist the body in reducing pain and stress, giving the body an opportunity to heal itself.
Osteopaths use touch and hands on techniques including manipulation, stretching and tissue massage to improve joint mobility, relax muscle tension, and improve blood and nerve supply to tissues, with the aim to aid your body’s natural healing mechanisms. We offer a hands on treatment and follow up advice to improve recovery and prevent symptoms returning. Treatment is tailored to the individual and is suitable for all ages. There is also a large area of Osteopathy dedicated to pre and post natal care, newborns and sporting injuries. Cranial Osteopathy is effective for care of babies and children as well as adults. It is a gentle treatment used alone or in conjunction with structural techniques to aid in restore balance in the body.