DefinitionWhat it is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.
Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength, however, lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.
Osteopaths place great importance on 'lesions' which occur when a joint becomes jammed and therefore restricted within its natural scope of movement. Lesions in the lower back can cut off circulation which may lead to disease, they can also cause disc damage and inflamed nerves. These lesions do no necessarily show up on an X-ray and therefore are often missed by GPs who rely greatly on X-rays for their diagnosis.
Since its founding, osteopaths have been of the opinion that the human body has an ability to heal itself and that poor health and disease could be as a result of something being wrong with the musculo-skeletal structure of the body.
The main principles of Osteopathy:
1) The body is a unit - Every part of the body works together.
2) The body has the ability to heal itself- The body has its own mechanisms to heal itself. Osteopaths only help the body to heal itself.
3) Structure and function are related - This means that the structure of the body effects the way the body functions.
Chiropractic is a profession which specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions which are due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and their effects on the nervous system.
The word "chiropractic" comes from the Greek words cheiro, meaning "hand," and praktikos, meaning "doing" -so the term means, literally, "doing by hand."
Chiropractors use their hands to adjust the joints of your spine and extremities where signs of restriction in movement are found, improving mobility and relieving pain. Your body's own healing processes (which we normally recognise in its ability to heal bruises, cuts and broken bones) will then be able to get on with the task of improving your health. This treatment is known as 'adjustment' or 'manipulation'.
Poor, inadequate or incorrect function in the spine can cause irritation of the nerves that control our posture and movement. This spinal nerve stress (which may be caused by factors such as accident, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor posture and anxiety) can lead to the symptoms of discomfort, pain and even disease which are a warning that your body is not functioning properly.
Chiropractic medicine operates on the theory that the improper alignment of the vertebrae (there are twenty-four verterbrae that make up the spinal column) and the spinal cord they protect is the cause of diseases and disorders. Chiropractors apply pressure in a specific manner to allow the vertebrae in the spinal column to realign themselves. But most chiropractors do more than manipulating the spinal column. They are whole body healers by paying attention to factors such as nutrition, stress management, etc.
Chiropractic is neuromusculoskeletal manipulation, especially of the spinal column, and is used for diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating physical problems or diseases caused by or related to the neuromusculoskeletal system. It is generally accepted as one of the treatments of choice in cases of back pain. One of the fundamental principles of chiropracty is subluxation. Chiropractors believe that most of the ailments they treat are related to the misalignment of the spine.
Chiropractic is based on the concept that the human body has an innate self-healing ability and seeks homeostasis, or balance. According to general chiropractic theory, the nervous system plays an important role in maintaining homeostasis-and hence health. But "subluxations" (misalignments of bones within joints) or "fixations " ( abnormalities of motion) interfere with the flow of nervous impulses and diminish the body's ability to stay healthy. Through manipulation of the bones and their associated muscles and joints, particularly the spine, chiropractors work to correct these misalignments, thereby improving the function of the neuromusculoskeletal system and restoring homeostasis.
The science of Chiropractic is based on the anatomy of your body. Chiropractic holds that your body possesses an internal wisdom which continually guides and directs all its’ functions. This innate, instinctive intelligence controls your heart rate, blood pressure, hormones, insulin secretion, and digestive function etcetera. It created and coordinated us from two cells, eventually managing 70 trillion total body cells. It stays on the job to create 3 million cells per minute. This innate intelligence is the guiding ‘main frame’, which coordinates all messages and communication within our bodies. It is what allows our bodies to adapt so well to the rapidly changing environment. It is what protects our lives, and creates life.
Diseases and Conditions treated at our Clinic
headache or migraine
chest or abdominal pain
shoulder, arm, wrist and hand
low back pain
asthma and breathing troubles
back pain in pregnancy
leg, knee, ankle and foot problems