Osteopathy is a non-invasive gentle manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.
An osteopathic physician will focus on the joints, muscles, fascia and the spine. Treatment aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.
It uses manual ‘hands-on’ techniques include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance.
Osteopathy can provide relief and treatment for a wide range of conditions.
- Foot, ankle, hip, and knee pain
- Back pain, neck pain, and sciatica
- Hand, shoulder, and elbow pain
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Postural problems due to pregnancy, sports injury, driving or work strain, or digestive issues
Osteopathy is for everyone. For pregnant women, infants, children, athletes of all ages, adults and seniors.
Is an osteopathic physician the same as a chiropractor?
A chiropractor can also treat the back, but their focus is more likely to be on the position of the spine and joints, with the aim of improving nerve function and healing ability.
A chiropractor is more likely to “pop” or “crack” the joints. An osteopathic physician does not usually do this. A chiropractor will focus on a specific problem area, while an osteopath looks at the body as a whole
Osteopathy is a patient-centered approach to health. It is guided by principles relating to the patient as a whole. The body is a self-regulating, functional unit in which function and structure are inter-related, and healthy tissues require proper circulation of all body fluids.
Skilled palpation and a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics guide the Osteopath to assess and restore balance within and between all the systems of the body; musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, cranial and visceral.