Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare. It is based on a series of principles which outline the link between the body’s structure and the way it functions. Osteopaths use a holistic approach to pain management allowing treatment to expand beyond the site of pain to the rest of the body.
In Australia, Osteopaths are highly trained, primary healthcare practitioners who complete a minimum of 5 years of university study. Their education includes training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are also trained to perform medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system. Combining the skills they have acquired through study, an Osteopath is able to recognise potential medical conditions and have the knowledge to identify when a referral should be made to other medical practitioners.
Philosophy of Osteopathy
The philosophy of osteopathy is deceptively simple. It is unified by scientific knowledge and extended to patient care. Osteopathic philosophy emphasizes the following principles
- The body is a unit
- It has its own self-protecting and regulating mechanisms
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated
- Rational Treatment considers the preceding three principles.
Osteopathic treatment is based on these principles to ensure that nothing is forgotten when approaching a patient.
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