Osteopathy focuses on health & functioning not disease, ill-health & dysfunction. There maybe multiple problems causing symptoms. A pathological disease may co-exist with dysfunction contributing to the symptoms. Osteopathy treats the dysfunction & not the disease. Results are proportional to how significant the dysfunction is & how much it is contributing to symptoms
LOOKING AT A PROBLEM DIFFERENTLY
An Osteopath looks at a problem from a functional point of view. They ask & test : what is functioning & what is not ?, is the structure allowing function ? & how can we improve the function & help the patient function & feel better ?
IS YOU BODY ALLOWED TO FUNCTION ?
The structure of your body allows it to function. By treatment & changing how it is being used the structure will change to allow this function
Often many symptoms are not pathological but are the result of a body part not functioning & not working as one. These functional symptoms respond to Osteopathic treatment. There may be both a pathological disease and a dysfunction in a part of the body, one or both causing symptoms. The goal is to determine what is causing the symptoms and to provide a solution.
OSTEOPATHY TREATS THE PATIENT WITH THE SYMPTOMS
An Osteopath does not treat the disease but treats the patient with the disease.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that recognises the following principles:
- The body is one unit of function
- The body has self-regulating mechanisms
- Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related
- Therapeutic management is applied with an understanding of these principles and thorough knowledge of clinical sciences.
These osteopathic principles, in conjunction with current medical knowledge, inform the care given patients. Scientific plausibility and evidence-informed reasoning are fundamental to diagnosis, treatment and case management.
Osteopaths follow these principles of patient care:
- The patient is the focus for healthcare
- The patient has the primary responsibility for their own health
- Effective treatment is founded on these principles and:
- Incorporates evidence informed guidelines
- Optimises the patients natural healing capacity
- Seeks to address the primary cause of disease, and
- Emphasizes health maintenance and disease prevention