Osteopathy is a branch of alternative medicine that consists of diagnosis and treatment through physical manipulation of the musculoskeletal system by focusing primarily on tissues and bones. A professional practitioner is called an “osteopath”. Osteopathy can be practiced along with more traditional forms of medicine such as surgery and rehabilitation, as well as exercise and nutrition.
Osteopathic care is a natural and comprehensive approach to treat a person from a holistic perspective. It focuses on the cause of the disturbance rather than simply treating or suppressing the symptoms. As such, it fully activates the body’s inborn healing abilities and recuperative powers to heal itself.
The body is comprised of structures that include the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, connective tissues, joints, the nervous system and the circulatory system. The main emphasis of Osteopathy is to recuperate and maintain the integrity of these structures so that can perform their function optimally.
It is through manipulations and adjustments of soft tissues and joints of the body to remove interferences that the osteopath recuperates clients to a healthy condition that brings harmony between the mind, body and spirit. In addition, osteopaths have been trained to provide clients with advice on proper posture, exercises to improve body function, and exercises to help restore balance – thus, enhancing healing and general well-being.