Osteopathy is a primary care therapy that treats alot more than just bad backs
From the beginning
Bodies are self repairing, we have to be or we's never survive being born. Every cut would never stop bleeding. Our ever maturing immune system allows us to cope with interacting with our environment; by the time we are adults we will have a million different antibodies in our blood.
Osteopathy was first developed in the 19th century in America by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, who had studied engineering and medicine. He lost faith in the medicine of the day after 3 of his children died of bacterial meningitis and developed a better approach to healthcare involving hygiene, diet, massage, manipulation..and a little surgery when needed.
In America osteopathy was absorbed by medicine after the second world war.
In the UK the osteopathic schools have largely stayed free of pharmacology and surgery.
The osteopathic platform has been based on an extensive study of physiology, of how the body works, and how to change the way it works when it isn't working well, using the body itself.
After all, if we were not capable of healing ourselves none of us would be here.
Osteopaths are here to help you heal yourself.
Problems most people do not expect osteopaths to be able to help with include:
Freedom from pain is usually what patients come to the osteopath for.
Osteopathic principles state that freedom of movement within the body – within physiological limits - is essential to healthy living. Physiological limits are those that are essential to living tissue.
In science no theory becomes a law, even if the theory of gravity keeps you attached to the planet.
The essential movements of fluids within the body feeds and nourishes the tissues, a lack of percolation leads to stagnant starving or overfed areas. Experiments have shown that introduced tumours grow best where fluid flows are poor.
Underlying most illness, according to osteopathic theory, is unhealthy body. Overstressed, overworked muscles and organs fail to do their job properly and infections can gain a hold.