Osteopathy is a holistic approach to health care that revolves around the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease. It is a system of health care that focuses on treatment of the joints, muscles and connective tissue with 'hands on' techniques such as soft tissue massage, passive range of motion and gentle indirect 'slow release' techniques that are especially suitable for infants and children.
As part of the holistic, or ‘whole person’, approach to optimal health, we also consider the roles of appropriate exercise programs, a healthy diet and nutrition, and emotional well being (through techniques such as stress reduction exercises and strategies) as important factors in your treatment.
Basically, the goal of osteopathy is to restore the individual’s natural abilities to heal, by using a combination of biomechanics, lifestyle improvements, and healthy nutrition.
In Australia, Osteopathy has been practiced since 1909 and, as well as the United States, is widely practiced throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand.