OSTEOPATHY is based on the key principle that all parts of the body function together in an integrated manner. The founder of Osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still (1874), believed that the human body is self healing and that an uninterrupted nerve and blood supply to all the body's tissues was indispensable to their normal function.
In focusing on treating and strengthening the musculo-skeletal framework which includes the joints, muscles and spine it aims to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Its non-invasive manual techniques also aim to improve circulation and correct altered bio-mechanics without the use of drugs.
Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure and mobilisation or manipulation of joints.
Osteopathy can contribute to general improvement in mobility and structural stability of the body which in turn can enable other systems of the body such as the circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems to function more effectively.