A guide to osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system to help treat muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves. By treating these areas an osteopath can help repair musculo-skeletal problems caused by injury or disease.

If you have pain, inflammation, organ problems and poor mobility, osteopathy can help restore movement, reduce inflammation, alleviate pain and improve organ function. In this video an osteopath explains the therapy and how it can help improve your health.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of manual medicine developed in the late 1800s in the United States by Doctor Andrew Taylor Still. Today there are about 60,000 osteopaths practising around the world, ther are about 1200 in Australia. In Australia osteopathy is a 5 year double degree course offered at three Universities.

Osteopaths field of expertise is the musculo-skeletal system and how it affects your general health, your mobility, your pain and therefore your quality of life. By musculo-skeletal system I mean your muscles, bones, joints, nerves ,discs, ligaments, tendons, fascia, blood vessels and lymphatics. Quite a mouthful so for the sake of simplicity think of it as your muscles, bones and joints.

What does an osteopath do?

As an osteopath I mobilise joints, realign bones and release muscular tension, imbalance and strain. Simple really but the effect can be profound. This is what I can teach you to do for yourself, mobilise your joints,realign your bones and release muscular tension, imbalance and strain.

This information is designed to stand on its own but there is only so much you can do for yourself. In this presentation I can only address generalities, similarities and basic principles. If you have pain or musculo-skeletal problems I strongly recommend you go and see an osteopath for individual, biomechanical assessment, treatment and advice.

There is a great deal of variation in how osteopaths work, no two of us work in exactly the same way. I have a very physical push, pull, press, mobilise, manipulate way of treating collectively referred to as Structural Osteopathy. This type of osteopathy is the single best way that I know of to effectively deal with the most common problems that cause and contribute to chronic and recurring muscle, joint and back pain. If you want my advice when you get treatment ask for this kind, Structural osteopathy.

Osteopathy treatment

If you don’t have access to an osteopath seek out another suitably qualified and skilled hands-on professional. Most of the acute or acute on chronic problems take two or three treatments to resolve. Once you get over an acute episode the golden rule is to keep stretching and exercising especially stretching because avoiding these sorts of problems is so much smarter than fixing them up. It is strongly recommended that you get medical clearance before stretching and exercising.

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