osteopathy in london
what is osteopathy
Osteopathic medicine or osteopathy is a profession allied to medicine that is based on the philosophies of A.T. Still, MD and started in the 19th century. A.T. Still was disillusioned by medicine and the problems encountered with surgery, obstetrics and the general treatment of disease; a feeling shared by medical pioneers such as Hippocrates. He was driven by this passion to fix the inadequacies of medicine and so created a system of diagnosis and treatment that sought to normalize the body’s structures and functions while also considering the importance of general mental, emotional, and physical well-being and health.
Even in the age of Hippocrates, signs and symptoms identified disease, yet Still believed the disease process involved multi-factorial components leading to an abnormal anatomic state with consequential breakdown of the internal body and decreased patient vitality and adaptability. This breakdown resulted from a mechanical interruption of normal body fluid circulation (blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid) preventing the optimal growing and regenerative environment for the body’s cells and tissues that is felt as a hardening, softening, warming or cooling of the tissues through palpation with the hands. The osteopath’s detailed anatomical knowledge is the foundation through which palpatory diagnosis, soft-tissue techniques and manipulative treatment achieve the normalization of the body’s structures and functions. These manual techniques remove barriers to nervous and circulatory functions to improve tissue healing not only within the musculoskeletal system but also in organs as well.
Thus, Still proposed that mobilization of the spinal joints from the head (occiput) to the sacrum, in addition to adjustment of the pelvis, scapulae, clavicles, ribs and diaphragm in both their proper positional and functional relationships was necessary to ensure optimal nerve activity and blood and lymph circulation to cure all diseases. The osteopath treats each person individually based on his or her history and physical evaluation, tailoring treatment to that patient’s needs without the use of drugs. A.T. Still’s contributions and the osteopathic medical profession affect many aspects of patient care. Firstly, the patient is of central importance irrespective of diagnoses or practitioner. Secondly, while there is a responsibility on behalf of the practitioner to assist the patient in being healthy, the main responsibility lies with the patient to adhere to the practitioner’s advice. Thirdly, an effective treatment program incorporating evidence-based guidelines for patient care optimizes the patient’s natural healing capacity that may encourage the reality that no single treatment approach is successful for every patient.
the benefits of osteopathy
Anyone can benefit from osteopathic treatment. The osteopath cares for the whole person by considering externally damaging influences in the patient’s life or behavior as well as the presenting complaint. The relationship is a collaborative one, where the practitioner has a duty not to harm the patient and give the best treatment founded in scientific knowledge and the patient adheres to the identification and selection of those factors that are amenable to change and would potentate healing.
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