The structure of the body and how it functions are inextricably linked and that each person contains within himself the resources necessary for health. The body is a unit of function – that body, mind, and spirit operate as a unified whole continually working to heal itself.
– Rachel Brooks
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a safe and gentle form of manual therapy aimed at improving the health and well-being of the whole person. The philosophy of Osteopathy is based on an understanding of the body as an interconnected whole which is capable of self-regulation and self-healing given that the proper conditions are present.The Osteopathic approach is gentle and non-invasive, so it is appropriate for people of all ages and at all stages of life.
As the body is one unit, its structure is directly related to its functions (and vice versa). This is part of the reasoning why Osteopaths take all of the body’s systems into account, including (but not limited to) the circulatory, neurological, musculoskeletal, hormonal and digestive systems. In approaching the body with this holistic understanding, Osteopathy acknowledges that the physical, mental and spiritual health are interconnected.
Using skilled palpation and an extensive understanding of anatomy and physiology, Osteopathic practitioners support the body’s inherent ability to auto-regulate and self-heal. To that end, Osteopathic practitioners take your personal history into account and utilize gentle techniques to support your body to improve circulation, reduce pain and increase functionality.