Andrew Still (a Union Doctor in the American Civil War) developed osteopathy over 100 years ago. Andrew Still had always cleared his own headaches by cracking his neck and he reasoned that the spine was the source of good health, so, he began to investigate the manipulation of the joints rather than offer drugs which he believed would release the body's abilities to heal itself.
Early osteopathy worked solely on the manipulation of muscles and bones to promote structural integrity within the body and restore health. Modern day practitioners use conventional medicine along side manipulative techniques.
Whilst Osteopathy uses many conventional medical assessment and diagnostic procedures, its main strength lies in the unique way it assesses the postural, mechanical and functional characteristics of the patient and the manual treatment methods which are tailored to the needs of each patient.
A great deal of the pain and discomfort suffered by the human body comes from problems in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused by its disease and osteopathy’s unique blend of body manipulation, exercise and medicine means it’s well equipped to give long lasting relief from pain and discomfort.
Using a wide variety of approaches to treatment, osteopaths can bring relief or improvement to many conditions, with patients including, sportsmen and women, children and the elderly and conditions ranging from whiplash to problems which arise during or after pregnancy.
Extensive clinical training and a full knowledge of basic medical science enables an osteopath to distinguish conditions which are alleviated by osteopathic treatment from those which are not.