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What is the scientific basis of Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a healthcare method that is based on the principles of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. The scientific basis of osteopathy is rooted in the understanding of the structure and function of the human body, as well as the interrelationship between its different systems.

Osteopathy is based on the premise that the body has the ability to heal itself, and that this natural healing process can be enhanced by removing any structural imbalances or restrictions that may be impeding optimal function. Osteopaths use a range of hands-on techniques, including soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilization, and stretching, to help restore normal function and facilitate the body's natural healing processes.

Osteopathy also emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to healthcare, taking into account the physical, emotional, and social factors that may be contributing to a person's health concerns. This approach is supported by scientific evidence that suggests that a person's overall health and wellbeing is influenced by a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors.

The effectiveness of osteopathic treatment approaches is supported by a growing body of scientific research. Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of osteopathy for a range of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and digestive disorders, among others.

For me there is much I cannot explain in Osteopathy, however I have witnessed its positive effects time and time again. I am often blown away with how I feel the body changing and responding to the inputs I apply with my hands. It does sometimes feel like magic, although there is growing evidence to prove it is not. To many clients, especially those with weak proprioception, the subtle inputs we make seem too miniscule and minimal to have an effect. As an Osteopath we develop an accutely sensitive touch and a library of experience of how a healthy body should feel. The magic in our hands therefore comes not from a mystical place but simply experience and practice.

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