Osteopathy – what is it?
Osteo… that’s bones, right? You’re not wrong! Osteopathy derives from the Greek word osteon meaning bones, however, osteopathy is so much more than that! Osteopaths look at pain relief somewhere in the body by looking at it as a whole – it’s about focusing on how the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and organs all work together, and getting to the cause of your symptoms rather than just treatment.
It’s a holistic, hands-on manual therapy that is gentle and safe. Babies, the elderly, and those more sensitive can benefit from osteopathy. It’s non-invasive and gentle without inducing additional discomfort. There is a wide range of techniques that can be adapted for individual needs, including those of pregnant people, toddlers, and people in so much pain they may only be able to sit or lay a certain way.
Osteopathy is a complementary therapy, meaning it can be used alongside conventional treatment to improve health in a multidisciplinary setting.