Hello! After we covered the principles of osteopathy in the previous post, time to talk about some definitions and current osteopathic practice.
Despite the name, osteopathy is not only about bones. It is a non-invasive way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. Osteopathy aims to improve health by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. Osteopaths are experts in the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles and associated issues); and osteopathic training continuously evolves in response to research and development.
The science of pain is complex and there is more to it than just body parts. Pain is appreciated from the biopsychosocial (BPS) perspective, as is human health and functioning in general; and the BPS is considered part of evidence-based “best practice” for healthcare professionals.
What is this biopsychosocial thing I am on about? Well, the BPS model considers more than the biological aspect of the disease. It also acknowledges the mental wellbeing and social context of a person in health, recognising health as a dynamic system.
The biopsychosocial model is in agreement with osteopathic philosophy and provides a wealth of evidence which supports the osteopathic approach.
If you want to know more about how osteopathy works and how it can help you, keep an eye out for the next posts, or simply get in touch!
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