What does an Osteopath Actually Do?

As an Osteopath, a question I come across on a daily basis is “What does an Osteopath actually do?” or perhaps “What is the difference between an Osteopath, a Physiotherapist, and a Chiropractor?”

People commonly believe that an Osteopath is half way between a Physio and a Chiro. Although it is true that Osteopaths use a variety of techniques, including manipulation, the real differences between the three modalities lie in their philosophical approach to healthcare.

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How Osteopathy Can Help Your Golf Swing

Golf is a perennial source of frustration (and occasional joy) for those who play it. The constant yearning for increased power and greater accuracy leads players to try numerous technical drills and form alterations, constantly striving to find that ever-elusive consistent swing. These drills and form tweaks very often garner success, and a good swing coach is imperative to improving performance.

At times however, we need to step back and assess whether the changes we are trying to make to our swing are really getting to the root cause of our poor shots, or if we are trying to make our body do something it simply doesn’t want to, or can’t do.

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Autoimmunity: The Saddest Story Never Told

The path that Autoimmune Disease has taken in the past century impels us to pose some questions as to how and why we continue to treat autoimmunity and immune compromised dysfunction on a disease-specific basis. The key to unlocking the health in people who suffer from Autoimmune Disease is asking the simple yet rarely broached question: Why is this happening?

Autoimmune Disease essentially occurs when an individual’s immune system attacks normal tissue like it would a foreign body or pathogen. The clinical symptoms depend on which tissue is under attack and as such, autoimmunity presents in an array of manifestations.

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10 Tips For Staying Healthy This Summer

  1. Do the exercise that you love to do

Exercise is easier when you enjoy it. Don’t get bogged down exercising in a manner that is not fun. Get your fitness in ways you love and your performance will continue to improve.

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  1. Vary your training in style and load

Variation is the key to avoiding the training plateau. This goes not only for training load, but for type of activity as well. Break things up, keep your body guessing, and don’t be predictable.

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Pregnancy: A Window of Opportunity for Musculoskeletal Repair

With pregnancy come significant changes to a woman’s physiology and biomechanics that can pose a challenge for soon-to-be mums. There is often a focus on the potentially injurious outcomes of pregnancy, however the same hormonal changes that are responsible for back and pelvic pain also provide a unique potential for healing longstanding or chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

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