As one of the many modalities out there its hard to keep track of which profession does what.
As an Osteopath our prime function is to assess the range of motion and anatomical arrangement of our patients bodies. By identifying and resolving restriction or dysfunctions in the body’s structure we can make specific adjustments to remove any restrictions to function for the body.
If our tissues are stretched or tight or we are spending a long time in odd positions then it won’t allow circulation or nerve information to pass through it easily. As a result our body will have to work harder just to get the blood around the body, and the information it receives through its vast network of nerves will be diminished or incomplete. This can lead to little niggling issues becoming chronic ongoing problems if not addressed.
As Osteopaths, we address these changes in structure through use of non-invasive manual techniques such as Cranial Osteopathy, manipulations and massage among many others. By doing this we remove restrictions to the bodies vital processes, like circulation and nerve supply. If we have good circulation and nerve conduction then our body can look after itself. It can heal injuries and defends itself against pathogens like a flu. If we do not have ease of function in our tissues then we will be stiff, congested, may have headaches and aches and pains. Even the quality of our sleep may be affected.
In short Osteopaths are like mechanics for your bodies. We make sure that the basic vital processes are free of restrictions thus keeping the body healthy rather than just fixing problems as they arise. Prevent not prescribe!
Health by hand