Osteopathy is manual diagnosis and treatment that takes account of the whole body and mind inter-relationship. The osteopath looks for stresses and strains throughout the body’s mechanism. Osteopathy is strongly underpinned by historic principles that are as relevant today as they were when Andrew Taylor Still developed them some 140 years ago in Kirksville, Missouri.
Treatment modalities vary from very subtle cranial work, especially for the newborn and very sensitive patients to more energetic, specific stretch and articulatory techniques.
Modern Osteopathic training is rigorous as would be demanded of any front line medicine. During the four or five year training, Osteopathic concepts are interwoven with medical disciplines culminating in a BSc HONS and a separate Registration qualification. Osteopaths have to maintain their registration with the General Osteopathic Council by undertaking a minimum of 30 hours of training every year which is logged and evaluated.
The Osteopathic approach is homeostatic; if the structural mechanics are sound then the body has every chance to repair itself. Much of the initial interface with patients is when people present with acute pain either from work strain, accident, injury or postural problems. However it is a stressful and toxic world we live in; some systemic problems derive from the human body failing to cope. Having said that the tolerances of the human body never fail to amaze.
At Derwent Osteopathy we treat all ages. To relieve the strains on a body from the birth process can set a little person up for life. That and helping ease discomfort at the end of a life is perhaps the greatest privilege.