Osteopathy is a form of manual treatment that looks and treats the body as a whole, putting it back into balance, so that it can function, heal itself and compensate optimally. We treat all parts of your body.Osteopathic treatment aids the body to perform at its best by using techniques to bring the body back to a better functioning unit. The Structures such as muscles, bones, organs, circulatory systems and immune systems are linked as it functions as one structure; the body. What an amazing piece of equipment we have! It’s like one complex machine. Therefore, learning how the body works structurally and functional, and treating it accordingly to set it where it needs to be, will give the body a chance to fix its own self up quickly and with less hassle than trying to do it on its own.
Osteopathy doesn’t only look at your body but is open to everything and anything around you. This can be your external environment, stress’s etc. Looking at the bigger picture is the key to good treatment.
Osteopathy bases itself on a few principles. These are:
1. The body is a unit. – The body is made out of several mechanisms and structures. But the all work as one.
2. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated –The Structure of your body (muscles, bones, joints) are related to the bodies functions (organs, cell function, movement etc.). Problems with structure or function can affect one another.
3. The body is capable of self-regulatory, self-healing and is capable of repairing and defending itself. – The body is an amazing machine. It has everything it needs to take on the world. It has its own soldiers to combat anything foreign that it may take as a threat. It has its own “pharmacy” which it can treat itself and repair itself. Amazing piece of machinery! By knowing this, osteopathy can use it to its own advantage, by treating the body to help treat itself better.
Osteopathy originated from a doctor in the U.S named Dr. Taylor Still. His father was also a Doctor, minister and Farmer. Dr. Taylor Still’s fascination in osteopathy was slowly developed since his childhood. As a Child he used to suffer from severe headaches. He found that by lying on his back with his neck leaning a rope eased the headache. And this triggered his thinking. Living on the farm as well helped him as it sparked his interest in anatomy from cutting sheep, cows etc. He also wanted to find another way of treatment than that which western medicine was offering (medications). It was only after the death of his three children from meningitis, in which his traditional medicine could not save, that his ambition to establish Osteopathy took off. He learned the how the structure of the body was intricately inter related, and knew that the body had its own “pharmacy”, and was able to heal itself and take care of itself. Thus he created various techniques that was used to bring the body into balance, so that the body could do the rest. In 1874, he introduced Osteopathy to the public. Other doctors who took interest assisted in teaching students. Today Osteopathy goes hand in hand with medicine in the U.S.