“Osteopathy…something to do with bones right?”
Well, yes, but there’s also a little more to it. Osteopathy is a manual therapy (hands-on) approach to health care. Osteopaths typically treat over a 30 minute appointment, which is perhaps a little longer than a chiropractor or a physiotherapist. This allows the Osteopath to spend more time examining the patient and to look more broadly at the issue to determine the true cause of the problem. Often the site of the pain isn’t the cause of the pain.
A range of techniques are employed, including varying types of massage, joint mobilisations, muscle energy techniques, stretching, cranial techniques, as well as manipulation of spinal and peripheral joints.