Osteopathy was developed by Andrew Taylor Still in the United States during the 19th century. His legacy is a manual therapy that focuses on the body’s own natural ability to heal, with help from a skilled professional.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions and tightness within the joints, muscles and other connective tissues to help engage the body’s healing processes.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners train in anatomy, physiology and in common pathologies in order to better understand the functioning of the body.
Techniques that may be used by an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner include massage, articulation of the joints, manipulation of the joints where necessary, stretching, muscle resistance techniques and gentle manipulation techniques such as cranial osteopathy.
The General Osteopathic Council define osteopathy as:
“a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.”
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are also insured with public indemnity insurance in order to promote safe practice.
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