As an osteopath, I get asked a huge range of questions by clients and members of public. The most common one being: “What is osteopathy?”
Osteopathy by definition is: “a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together” (General Osteopathic Council, 2017).
There are many underpinning concepts of osteopathy that were suggested by A.T. Still – the founder of osteopathy. One of the main concepts is that the body’s structure governs its function. This means that if your body has had an injury, repetitive strain, or overuse it will have an adverse effect on how your body performs. Therefore, an osteopath looks at the body, sees how it currently performs, and aims, through various means, to restore and improve overall and specific functions.