Osteopathy recognises the relationship between structure and function. A simple analogy is the garden hose. If it is twisted (distorted structure) it can’t function optimally. Similarly if our human structure is compromised due to posture, injury, emotional, traumatic or lifestyle patterns then our physiology is compromised. Circulation, nerve supply, hormone secretion etc are compromised. So when our body is “tuned well” it performs well!
An osteopath’s role lies in diagnosing and treating the factors that inhibit health thus restoring balance in the body through natural, non-invasive, hands-on techniques.
- Stretching and releasing connective tissues, e.g. muscles, tendons and fascia that inhibit mobility
- Strengthening unstable joint through muscle conditioning
- Enhancing circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Improving nerve supply
- Educating about diet, exercise and lifestyle choices.