Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that emphasizes the relationship between the structure and function of the human body. It follows a belief in the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate, allowing the osteopathic practitioner to facilitate health in their patients. It is a hands-on, manual treatment used to reduce pain, increase physical mobility, and improve the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids.
As the osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the patient body to allow it to heal itself, they will use their hands to treat the patient, using a mixture of approaches and techniques. Every treatment will be based on the individual patient and the symptoms they present. An osteopathic treatment aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.
Osteopathy acts as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medicine.
A first osteopathic appointment will last between 45 minutes to an hour, and will allow the osteopathic practitioner adequate time to listen and ask questions about the patient’s specific situation, their general health, any other medical care they are receiving and then render an individualized treatment. Follow up treatments will usually last between 15-30 minutes depending on treatment required.