The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. It describes the belief in how your health can be defined through motion. When your body is healthy, there is a state of equilibrium in motion. When your body’s motion is agitated, your health is affected. It causes disease.
Osteopathy is, in essence, a drug-free and non-invasive treatment that focuses on the wellness of the musculoskeletal system to promote absolute body health. When your body is free of restrictions or limitations in its structures and functions, it is unimpeded in healing itself.
Thus, Osteopathy itself is not preventive therapy. Instead, Osteopaths defer to your body’s ability to self regulate and only intervene when your body is in distress, as evidenced by pains and irritations. When this occurs, they apply a distinctive form of medical care called manipulative treatment. They heal by performing manipulations with their well-trained hands. By using their hands, Osteopathic doctors can diagnose illness, reduce pain, and balance muscles and tissues.
Osteopathy applies the practice of manual medicine. It shouldn’t be considered as just a group of techniques joined together. The application of these sound principles is based on philosophy and science. When these principles are put into practice, they can make intense improvement in your overall health.