Headaches, neck and back pain, arthritis, posture problems, musculoskeletal disorders – osteopathy Melbourne can help. In fact, this form of medical practice can be used to treat everything from fibromyalgia to insomnia. But what is osteopathy and how does it work?
Definition of Osteopathy | Osteopathy Melbourne
The term ‘osteopathy‘ is a combination of two Greek words; ‘osteo‘ which means ‘bone’ and ‘path‘ which means ‘disease’. Osteopathy, therefore, refers to a distinct branch of medicine that places more emphasis on the neuro-musculoskeletal system – the muscles, tissues, bones, and nerves that support the body and control it’s movements. It is a completely non-invasive, drug-free form of manual therapy that focuses on improving the overall health of a patient by manipulating and strengthening the neuro-musculoskeletal framework of the body. Osteopathy is a patient-centred system of healthcare, rather than disease-centred.
Also known as osteopathic medicine, this form of complementary therapy was developed 150 years ago by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still – an American physician from Missouri. Dr. Andrew Taylor believed that the musculoskeletal system was central to health. Any defect/disorder/complication in the musculoskeletal system was believed to alter the flow of energy that flows through the nervous system, thus giving rise to various diseases or illnesses. Addressing the neuro-musculoskeletal complications is therefore believed to be the permanent cure to various ailments. The basic philosophy behind osteopathic treatment is to support and strengthen the body’s self-healing capacity. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing healthcare professions in the world, particularly in Western countries, where people are now more inclined towards holistic treatment options rather than allopathic treatment.
Uses of Osteopathy | Osteopathy Melbourne
Osteopathy can provide relief and treat many long-term (chronic) and short term (acute) problems, such as the ones listed below:
- neck pain
- leg pain
- shoulder pain
- muscular sprains and strains
- sports injuries
- postural issues
- workplace injuries
- shoulder or elbow pain
- balancing and walking issues
- hip, knee, or foot pain
- weight-bearing issues
- tendon problems
- headaches and migraines
People who practice this form of medicine are called osteopaths – they are licensed physicians who often work alongside other healthcare professionals, such as GPs, midwives, nurses, as well as alternative medical practitioners to complement other medical interventions such as medication and surgery. Osteopathy works extremely well in conjunction with remedial massage.
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