What Exactly is Osteopathy?

Graham Wiltshire CAT(C), Osteopathy (Thesis Writer)

Osteopathy embraces the philosophy that the body has a natural ability to self-regulate and heal. The key factor that permits this is the body’s ability to circulate all of its fluids, including the blood, lymph, synovial fluid in joints, and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spine.

Osteopathy focuses on obstructions that impede the circulation of fluids within the body. Blockages include curves or pulls in the body, and misaligned bones, organs or tissues. These faults can negatively impact the body’s ability to control fluid circulation, which also affects the distribution of life sustaining nutrients and waste products carried by this circulation.

Over time, the body gradually loses its ability to efficiently self-regulate and self-heal. Some of this loss may be due to the aging process, the prolonged influence of gravity on posture, trauma, accident, illness, surgical scarring, childbirth, repetitive activity, or the cumulative effects of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual stress.

The result of these experiences can manifest as symptoms in one specific location in the body or, more frequently, the symptoms are experienced far from where the problem actually exists. Often several factors contribute to an individual symptom. This is why Osteopathic Manual Practitioners assess and treat the whole body and nearly all health conditions.