In 1982 Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American inventor, doctor and farmer, sought alternatives to the medical treatments of his day which he believed were ineffective as well as potentially harmful. He opened the USA’s first school of Osteopathic medicine, with the philosophy based upon the teachings of Hippocrates, which advocates that the human body is a unit in which structure, function, mind and spirit all work together.
Osteopathy is a technique that uses manipulation and massage to help distressed muscles and joints work efficiently. The therapy aims to pinpoint and treat any problems that are of a mechanical nature.
The human body’s frame consists of the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and joints and all physical movements and activities depend upon them. Ailments and disorders can occur when the bones and joints no longer function in harmony.
The joints and framework of the body are manipulated and massaged where necessary by the Osteopath, to realign the spine, joint or muscle to regain normal action. The Osteopath gently manipulates the joints, muscles and ligaments to lessen any tenseness present in the muscles. This also improves the muscles’ ability to work correctly and to its’ maximum extent. Muscles can be freed from tension by massage and the added stimulus of the flow of blood.
An Osteopath is likely to recommend a number of methods for the patient to help themselves between treatment sessions, such as relaxation, how to sit and stand correctly and any other beneficial exercises. After a session with an Osteopath patients generally feel relaxed and calm with a pleasant feeling of peace, harmony and alignment on all levels.
The emphasis of Osteopathy is on compassionate care and the treatment of the person as a whole rather than as a collection of symptoms or unrelated parts.