WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is a philosophy based on principles that allow practitioners to use a method of diagnosis and treatment through using their hands. We take into consideration the health and vitality of the whole person using the premiss that no body part, or system of the body works in isolation. The practice of osteopathy is based on four fundamental principles that guide osteopathic reasoning and diagnosis towards a natural health oriented, patient centred approach to health care. These principles are:
- The human being functions as a whole, nothing works in isolation
- The body has it’s own inherent self-regulatory mechanisms to self heal.
- The structure and function (anatomy and physiology) of the body are interconnected and interrelated on all levels
- The treatment of the patient is based on the above three principles.
As an osteopath, we are focused on maintaining homeostasis of all systems promoting normal circulation of blood and lymph, facilitating nutrition to all bodily tissues and drainage of metabolic waste from those same tissues whilst maintaining a healthy functioning nervous system.
The core of Osteopathy is the recognition of the body’s innate ability to heal itself when blockages are removed.