Osteopathy is a system of primary health care that uses manual ‘hands-on’ treatment techniques to treat disorders originating from the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage with the aim of:
- Increasing the mobility of joints
- Relieving muscle tension
- Enhancing the blood supply to tissues
- Decrease the stress on the joints
- Helping the body to heal
- Help the body to adapt to hormonal and structural changes during pregnancy
Your osteopath is able to provide treatments that provide relief from the symptoms of many chronic illnesses such as asthma, arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). By giving you time to be aware of yourself and your body, osteopathy can be very relaxing. It is also known to reduce stress levels by increasing the efficiency of your body’s systems like blood flow, nerve supply, and the immune system.
With experience, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners learn to palpate not just superficially, but also very deeply within the body. Sensory information is received through touch receptors in the fingertips and palms, as well as through the proprioceptors (motion and position sensors) embedded deep in the joints of the hands, wrists, arms, and even the shoulders.
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