Osteopathic Principles and Philosophy
Osteopathy rather than being a collection of treatment techniques is based around a philosophy or a series of principles. I’ve listed the four main principles and tried to give a brief explanation:
Structure governs function (and function governs structure. the 2 are inter-related). Basically, stiff joints and tight muscles can change the way the body moves changing the alignment of joints, causing the body to adjust or compensate. If these aren’t addressed, these changes, over time may lead to pain.
Good circulation is essential to healing. “Tight” muscles and fascia impede blood flow. This can cause inflammation and irritation resulting in painful symptoms.
The body has its own innate ability to heal. If you’ve ever had a cut or a cold you’ve already experienced this. This healing could be through the immune system or an inflammatory response.
The whole body is inter-related; i.e. restricted movement in the foot related to an old ankle sprain can eventually affect the knee, hip, back, and even the neck and maybe also lead to headaches..
The key to successful treatment lies in the osteopaths ability to assess the position, mobility, and state of all tissues and finding what’s wrong with them. The last part of an osteopaths skill lays in removing these barriers so that you and your body can heal itself.
What we could work out from that is that an osteopath is concerned primary with movement. be it of the soft tissues, or of the fluids! This is a fairly brief look at the osteopathic philosophy and principles. If you want to find out anything more use the comment form below or e-mail me.
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