Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for the whole patient. Osteopaths use their hands for the manual treatment the whole body, The whole is the sum of the parts, This includes the bones, muscles, nerves, lymphatics, and circulatory systems, The treatment is aimed at restoring the normal relationship between structure and function, to support normal physiology and subsequent health.
With the use of our hands, Osteopaths attempt to restore balance throughout the whole organism, and in doing so promote homeostasis. We attempt to get to the diagnosis by listening to the tissues and the movement of the body, and from this diagnosis we can come up with a treatment plan that will work for you. We always work towards finding and treating the cause, in order to re-establish a place where the whole can come to balance. We work with the laws of nature, inherent to the processes of healing, and growth and development..
Our primary role as health practitioners is to find Health, not disease. The health in the system is where the power comes through to create the change necessary for healing, and normal growth and development.
Osteopaths believe we have an innate capacity to heal. We also believe that:
- the patient functions as a whole
- the autonomic nervous system plays a major role in the disease and healing
- structure and function are one form of activity
- there is a constant movement towards normal
- as Osteopaths, we are here to serve humanity
- life is eternal, and we are a sacred expression of life