Osteopathy can assist with the management of many conditions as it employs a method of treatment that recognizes the whole body as an integrated functional unit. The goals of the osteopathic manual practitioner is to relieve pain and illness by optimizing movement and restoring health and vitality to the body. Normal body movement is a vital element of healing and maintaining health.
Pain, injury or illness may result from restrictions in normal movement due to the associated effects on:
• body mechanics
• blood flow
• lymphatic drainage
• neurological function
• organ function
As such, the treatment is aimed at optimizing the body’s inherent ability to heal itself, with great importance being placed on the connection between all of the body tissues, fluids, organs and systems.