Osteopathy focuses on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Osteopaths work on the premise that posture, injury, or negative lifestyle patterns compromise anatomical structure and lead to poor health. As practitioners, they look at the relationship between the structure of the body and the way in functions.
For example, if you see an osteopath for a sore knee, they may also take a look at your ankle, pelvis and back. The practitioner might also ask about your medical history, as well as factors that don't appear to be directly related to your current injury.
Like physiotherapist, osteos diagnose and treat injury using non-invasive, manual techniques; orthopaedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation, massage, stretching muscle groups and spinal adjustments. They may also recommend exercises and dietary modifications.
A good osteopath will work under an evidence-based paradigm and use interventions on the basis of their proven efficacy.
Osteopaths commonly treat those with back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches, joint pain, work-related and repetitive strain injuries and sports-related injuries.
To find out more about osteopathy come and talk with our Squamish based Osteopathy Damien Dobouchet.