What is Osteopathy ?
Osteopathy is an established complementary health care profession. It is a system of diagnosis and manual treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. Osteopathy recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in function of body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease. Addressing structural imbalance leads towards physical and emotional well-being.
Structural Osteopathy is a safe and effective 'hands on' therapy suitable for treating a wide range of pain and dysfunction in adults, children, pregnant women and the elderly. Problems in the musculo-skeletal system can disturb the circulation and nerve supply to any part of the body and affect any aspect of health. Mechanical problems can lead not only to aches and pains in joints and muscles, but also to disturbances in the internal organs and the way they function. Osteopaths work on body structure to restore the musculo-skeletal system of the body to a state of balance and harmony. The restoration and maintenance of good structural function is essential to good health.
“Posturology is the study of the postural system, in all the positions of the body at a given time, and of the sensors being able to inform the central nervous system which consequently order effectors (muscles).”
Based on the Osteopathic principle of structural re-alignment, Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment of the structures of the head. It uses light manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses and strains in the head and throughout the whole body. This gentle approach is an effective way of treating a range of conditions in all ages, but is often a preferred choice for babies and young children. Cranial Osteopathy is often used in combination with other Osteopathic techniques. Cranial Osteopathy can be very effective in the treatment of young babies. During the birth process, a baby's head is subject to considerable stresses. Whilst the head is designed to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery, recovery may not always be complete, especially if the birth has been difficult. This may result in subtle changes in function, leading to problems such as feeding difficulties, colic and disturbed sleep patterns. Cranial Osteopathy can often be effective in the treatment of such problems.