At BCC, we optimise the function of the spine, muscles, joints & connective tissues by addressing the whole body NOT just your symptoms.
- Osteopathy optimises the function of the spine, muscles, joints and connective tissues. In doing so, it aims to positively influence the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Osteopathy addresses the body as a whole and not just the symptomatic area. Without doing this, the source of the problem may not be found and the symptoms could recur.
- By addressing the body as a whole entity osteopaths can understand why things are not working properly. We believe that stress and emotional factors can have a powerful influence, causing tension in the soft tissues which may adversely affect the functioning of nerves and blood vessels. Circulation may then be less than optimal, compromising the removal of waste from the tissues and the flow of nutrition. This could undermine your general health and the body’s ability to heal itself.
- Osteopaths believe that structure and function are interrelated; this means that from the smallest cell to the largest bone, there is constant movement as it functions. When this movement is impaired, the tissues will not function as they were intended. Every structure in the body is shaped and positioned in such a way that it can work efficiently and effectively. If this is altered, then other structures have to work harder to compensate. An example of this is, the ankle joint is designed to absorb shock when the heel strikes the ground. If the ankle joint doesn’t move properly, the surrounding tissues in the foot and calf will have to absorb that extra shock travelling through the body. This will eventually cause them to tighten and tire.
- Another key principle of osteopathy is that the body will always heal itself. This makes our job easier because all we have to do is provide the body with optimal conditions and the body will do the rest. With the treatment techniques that we use, we aim to restore structural freedom in the tissues, enhance fluid flow throughout the body and create the optimal setting for healing to occur.
Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment, that lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. It is distinctive by the fact that it recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of body structure as well as damage caused to it by degenerative inflammatory or infectious process which are collectively called pathology (disease).
Osteopathy recognises the need for medical investigation into symptoms when indicated and uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength, however, lies in the unique way in which the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and manual methods of treatment applied that suit the needs of the individual patient rather than specific treatment for a specific problem.
Registered Osteopaths are on the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) Statutory Register. This means that the Osteopath has demonstrated that they meet the Standard of Proficiency currently laid down by the GOsC, that he / she adheres to the guidance and principles set out in the Code of Practice.
OSTEOPATHY is now regulated by statute; an act of parliament established by the GOSc to regulate the profession. For further information visit the website at www.osteopathy.org.uk.
These are the eight major principles of osteopathy and are widely taught throughout the international osteopathic community.
- The body is a unit.
- Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related.
- The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms.
- The body has the inherent capacity to defend and repair itself.
- When the normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self maintenance, disease may ensue.
- The movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health.
- The nerves play a crucial part in controlling the fluids of the body.
- There are somatic components to disease that are not only manifestations of disease, but also are factors that contribute to maintenance of the disease state.
These principles are not held by osteopaths to be empirical laws; they are thought to be the underpinnings of the osteopathic philosophy on health and disease.
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- Osteopathy - Thoracic Spine/Sternum Pain by Maggie Brooks-Carter DO RGN SMTO