What is Classical Osteopathy
TREATMENT administered by a classical osteopath is known as the “body adjustment”, it is based on a sound knowledge of science, body mechanics and a careful, practical training in the art of technique.
The body adjustment has a distinctive framework to the treatment that is indicative of a whole body approach. Even when there is a very specific problem which is easily fixable in 1 or 2 treatments the whole body will be integrated. This is important as from the time of the injury the body is thrown out of balance and immediately compensates by twisting the segments of the spine above and below the problem area in the opposite direction to regain balance.
The entire body is articulated through all 4 limbs, the spine, pelvis and when appropriate the cranium and face are also treated. Specific manipulations are administered where necessary. This treatment is carried out in the knowledge that the body parts work in harmonious unison.
The stresses and strains of everyday life make it difficult for the body to sustain equilibrium, and a consistent maintenance programme will minimize the degree of instability and disorder developing over time.
Classical Osteopathy is essentially a non-invasive discipline based on a combination of soft tissue release techniques, rhythmic joint manipulation to improve mobility and if necessary, specific and skillfull mild thrust movements to restricted joints to assist restoration of the body structure and the normal functions of its tissues, nerves and organs.
As with all therapies, a caring approach and attention to the individuals needs are of particular importance. This type of treatment is gentle but very effective.