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What is Osteopathy..?

Osteopathy was developed by an American doctor, Dr Andrew Taylor Still in the mid 19th century. The first school was opened in Kirksville, Missouri in 1874. The term comes from the ancient Greek osteon, 'bone' and pathos, 'suffering'.
"Structure governs function" | Dr A.T. Still | Founder of Osteopathy
Osteopathy is recognised as a system and philosophy of healthcare that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculo-skeletal problems and mechanical injuries of the body. The musculoskeletal system is made up of muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves and connective tissues. Osteopaths are fully trained in diagnosis and use many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medicine. The osteopath's first concern is to find out what is wrong with the body's structure and how it is affecting its function and also to check for signs of any serious conditions, for which you may need a referral to your GP or hospital. Since the passing of the Osteopathy Act in 1993, the Osteopathic profession has become recognised as part of primary health care, enjoying a close working relationship with the medical profession.
Osteopathy is patient centred, it is for everyone, focusing on each unique individual; and the osteopath aims to treat the root of the problem, not just the symptoms of dis-ease.  Restoring and maintaining a state of balance within the body's mechanical structure, encourages healing and repair wishin the individual and is essential for optimum health.

What is a Naturopathic Osteopath?

A Naturopathic Osteopath combines naturopathic and osteopathic principles and uses their skills to assess your symptoms in a holistic way, seeing your body as an integral unit, where dysfunction in one area often affects other areas.

The way a person leads their life, the physical, environmental, nutritional and psychological stresses on the body, the effects of trauma and ageing, and the way the body compensates for these effects are all important factors that the naturopathic osteopath takes into consideration during your consultation.

They use their highly trained sense of touch to identify and provide the most effective treatment for the underlying causes of your pain.  Treatment involves using a combination of gentle mobilisation and deep soft tissue techniques, as well as gentle manipulation, to relieve pain, reduce swelling and wear and tear, improve circulation, to restore physical well-being as quickly as possible.  In addition, exercise rehabilitation, nutritional advice, hydrotherapy and guidelines on a healthy lifestyle, may also be given, to aid the body to heal using its own recuperative powers more effectively, and to minimise the need for drugs and/or surgery.