Osteopathy is a curative treatment that aims
to correct supposed deformation of the skeleton, seen as the cause
of many "dis-eases".
Andrew Taylor -Still, the founder of
Osteopathy, put it more simply when he said "structure governs
function". It is believed that given the right
circumstances the body has the power to heal itself. The
Osteopath seeks to assist the body in doing just
Osteopaths work with their hands both to
diagnose conditions and to treat them.
Osteopaths use palpation, feeling the
tissues under their fingers, and by comparing the temperature,
tone and response to movement to what they know to be normal, decide
how to treat the patient.
Diagnosis involves taking a full case
history, undertaking a thorough physical examination and if
necessary some medical investigation such as blood tests, X-rays