What is Osteopathy?

First introduced by founder A.T. Stills in the 1870s, osteopathy is a science, a philosophy, and a practice.

Osteopathy is a manual form of therapy that emphasizes the relationship between the structure and function of the human body. This therapy follows a belief in the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate, which is why manual osteopathic practitioners do not see themselves as healers, but instead as facilitators to health.

An osteopathic manual practitioner (OMP) is a healthcare professional who uses manual techniques and therapies to assess, diagnose, and treat patients. Osteopathic manual practitioners are trained in a branch of medicine known as osteopathy, which emphasizes a holistic approach to health and wellness, focusing on the interrelationship between the body’s structure and function.

In their practice, OMPs use hands-on techniques such as stretching, massaging, and manipulating the muscles, joints, and bones to promote healing and alleviate pain. They believe that the body has the ability to heal itself and work to restore proper function and balance within the body.

What does an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Do?

Osteopathy focuses on facilitating the health of joints and muscles through non-invasive manual therapy, helping to strengthen the framework of the body, and acts as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medicine.

By working with the interrelated systems and functions of the human body, manual osteopathic therapy can return the body to normal health so it can self-heal and self-regulate.

Osteopathic manual practitioners focus on joints, muscles, and spine. Treatment can also assist with sleep cycles and the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic symptoms.

Osteopathic treatment can assist with:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Tennis elbow
  • Digestive issues
  • Postural problems

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