Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine dating back to 1874. It was developed by Andrew Taylor Still, who was the son of a doctor and became a licenced doctor himself in the state of Missouri, USA. However, after three of his children died suddenly, Andrew Taylor Still saw the medicine of his era as incomplete and began the search for something better.
“I began to look at man. What did I find? I found myself in the presence of an engine – the greatest engine that man could conceive of.” – Andrew Taylor Still
(C Trowbridge, Andrew Taylor Still 1828-1917, Thomas Jefferson University Press, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, 1991, p.115.)
Andrew Taylor Still died on December 12 1917 leaving an already established American School of Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a ‘whole body’ system of manual therapy. Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body, such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well-tuned engine, it will function with minimum wear and tear, leaving more energy for living. (Reference: General Osteopathic Council 2004, About Osteopathy, London, viewed on 7 January 2008 from http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/visiting-an-osteopath/about-osteopathy/.)
Osteopathy follows these four main principles:
- The body is a unit
- It has its own self-protecting and regulating mechanisms
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated
- Rational Treatment considers the preceding three principles.
(Reference: Kuchera, W.A. & Kuchera, M.L. 1992, Osteopathic principles in practice, 2nd edn, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Press, Missouri.)
What do Osteopaths Do?
The osteopaths at the Heaths Road Osteopathy clinic treat people of all ages, from children to adults and the elderly. They are trained to assess and manage all types of musculoskeletal conditions.
The osteopaths at the Heaths Road Osteopathy clinic are trained to use a broad range of treatment techniques to aid in the management of patients’ injuries. They can create a treatment plan that is specific for you and treatment techniques are chosen to according to your specific needs.
Our osteopaths also have experience in providing suitable exercises and stretches to aid in your recovery and may give you advice on postural improvement or changes to workplace ergonomics.
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