Osteopathy is a system of medicine founded 150 years in the USA by an American doctor, Andrew Taylor Still MD.
Osteopathy is now closely allied with orthodox medicine and is recognised worldwide. The basis of osteopathic medicine is that the body is able to keep itself healthy by its own means but needs treatment when these internal processes are blocked.
Osteopathy deal with musculoskeletal injuries, for example sports injuries, but also treats the soft vital organs of the body with Visceral Osteopathy. For example hypertension can be treated and reduced.
Osteopathy puts great emphasis on restoring optimal functioning of the body and does by assessing the nature of the bodies tissues and uses physical medicine to restore the bodies normal self-healing abilities. Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of the body. Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body and aid its improvement and intrinsic ability to heal. Following a detailed case history and examination, treatment is based on mobilising soft-tissue work and manipulative techniques, cranial osteopathy reinforced by guidance on lifestyle, environment, posture and exercise and the methods of applied kinesiology.