WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is a skilled and gentle manual healthcare approach which evaluates, diagnoses and treats a wide range of problems conditions. Osteopaths work to improve the structure and function of the whole body, using manual or hands on techniques, such as massage, stretching, gentle articulation and mobilisation of joints, and very gentle indirect functional techniques.
Osteopaths educate their patients to manage their own conditions; for example using exercise programs, and to improve lifestyle, wellness and quality of life.
Because Osteopaths assess function they often address conditions before they become overt disease states. Osteopaths also spend time with their patients, providing support, health education and advice on improving life style. Thus Osteopaths can play an important role in the prevention of disease, the promotion of health, and in the encouragement of the patients’ ability to determine and manage their own health.