What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy as an internationally practised, holistic approach to health and well-being.
Focusing primarily on the musculoskeletal system and the inter – relations to the whole body, osteopathy users gentle hands on techniques to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments.
The basic principles are:
- The body has an inherent ability to heal itself.
- Body structures and their functions are inter – related.
- Good blood flow and fluid drainage is absolutely essential to health.
An osteopath will use a highly developed method of therapeutic touch called palpitation. Combining this touch with their extensive musculoskeletal knowledge and a thorough interview technique, the osteopath can gather information on what’s going on with your whole body.
The practice of osteopathy has a long history in the United Kingdom. The first school of osteopathy was established in London in 1917 by John Martin Littlejohn a pupil of A. T. Still, who had been Dean of The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. After many years of existing outside the mainstream of health care provision, the osteopathic profession in the UK was accorded formal recognition by Parliament in 1993 by the Osteopaths Act. This legislation now provides the profession of osteopathy the same legal framework of statutory self-regulation as other healthcare professions such as medicine and dentistry.