Osteopathy is a system of medicine that deals with the structural and functional mechanics of the body, i.e. bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, nerves and their interdependent relationship with each other.
The term Osteopath was first used by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in 1874 to describe a philosophy and practice of healthcare that he had developed.
Still was the first person to put forward a rational explanation as to why biomechanics (how the musculo-skeletal system works) were so important in maintaining health and well being. The spinal cord can be described as an extension of the brain, which controls all bodily functions such as digestion and breathing, not just movement. Any interference to the nerves passing to or from the brain via the spinal cord must affect normal function of the body.
The aim of Osteopathy is to correct problems in the body frame, making it easier for the body to function normally and reducing the chance of problems occurring in the future. In seeking to maintain good health and prevent future problems, the Osteopath’s plan may include advice on posture, diet, lifestyle, exercise and stress management.
Osteopathy is a form of healthcare, enhancing well being and improving quality of life through the recognition and acceptance of the individual and tailoring treatment techniques and advice appropriately.
It is a natural, safe and effective form of pain relief promoting healing and rehabilitation. It is a profession which is statutory regulated to the highest standards with patient care, safety and the pursuit of best possible practice as its core beliefs. It is a profession committed to Continuous Professional Development & Research to bring patients the latest up to date information and care.