A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and contains self-healing mechanisms that can be utilised as part of the treatment. No part of the body works, or can be considered, in isolation. Relevant psychological and social factors also form part of the process of patient diagnosis.
The key tools for osteopathic diagnosis include listening to the patient’s history, examining muscles and joints and observing movements. X -rays, scans and other clinical investigations are also used if required. A wide range of gentle, non-invasive manual techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation are applied therapeutically.
The UK was the first country in Europe to recognise osteopathy as a profession in 1993 (Osteopath Act) and to establish a register that regulates the profession. Therefore, UK osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. Patients may be referred by their doctor, or may opt to see an osteopath independently.(http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/home/)
Osteopathy modalities includes:
1- Cranial work
2- Lymphatic Pump
3- Musculoskeletal Adjustments
4- Fascial Release
5- Visceral Manipulation