Bringing balance to your musculoskeletal health

Osteopathy is a system of comprehensive medical care that goes beyond conventional medical philosophy. It includes an emphasis on structural balance of the musculoskeletal system, but it is considered a complementary therapy with spiritual assets.

Osteopathy is based on the belief that any upset of the structural framework can manifest itself as illness in a variety of forms. It is not a recognized medical profession. Osteopathic physicians, on the other hand, are recognized medical doctors, who use joint manipulation, facets of postural re-education and physical therapy to normalize the body's structure and promote healing.

Most medical conditions are open to osteopathic healing. In some cases, osteopathy has been shown to resolve illnesses resistant to surgery and other medical approaches.

According to osteopathic physicians, osteopathic techniques should be viewed not as alternatives to traditional Western medicine, but as complements to it. They also stress that underlying the structural focus of their profession is the importance of unimpeded passage through the body of all the vital fluids that make us healthy. For example, a person in need of osteopathic treatment may suffer any type of somatic abnormality - a disease or an injury that is inhibiting the body's recovery. Over the past century, osteopathy has embraced the full spectrum of medicine (to different degrees across the world), including the use of prescription drugs and surgery, in addition to manipulative techniques.

So, a body that has injuries, for example, will also be constricting the passage of vital nutrients. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the passage of vital nutrients will move unobstructed through a healthy body. Manipulating the body's physical structures, in particular the muscles, ligaments and skeleton, will allow the body to be unimpeded in its efforts to heal itself.

There's some good science underlying osteopathy, a mainstream profession that embraces the physical as well as the holistic. For example, osteopaths will tell you that it is their job to treat the whole person - so that means they place emphasis on the structure and function of the body as well as the spiritual idea that the body, when encouraged properly, will heal itself.

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