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Osteopathy - Ireland
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a combination of two Greek words, osteon - meaning bone, and pathos - meaning pain or suffering. It is a complementary or alternative therapy that involves the gentle manipulation of joints and the vertebrae of the spine, along with the stretching of soft tissues such as the muscles and ligaments.
The founder of Osteopathy was Andrew Taylor Still (1827 - 1917) who had trained as a medical doctor but had become disillusioned with conventional medicine that, he felt, involved the use of drugs that were toxic to the human body.
Andrew Taylor Still
Still became convinced that the root of many illnesses arise from the mis-alignment of the body's structure. He developed a form of medicine that creates a readjustment of the body's structure in such a way that the allows the body to deal with the difficulty or disease and heal itself.
What Conditions Can Osteopathy Treat?
Osteopathy is very effective in treating back, neck, shoulder pain, and sports injuries. Pain or strains in joints and muscles that caused by your occupation also respond well to treatments from an Osteopath.
Other conditions that can be treated by Osteopathy also include migraine, asthma, pre-menstrual tension, and back pain during pregnancy. Cranial osteopathy is invaluable for the successful treatment of stress-related illnesses, children with behavioural problems, and babies with colic.
Osteopathy is not suitable for the treatment of people with cancer of the bone or joints, or the treatment of fractures. However it is very helpful in treating any existing weakness once a fracture has healed.
Osteopathy is similar to how acupuncture and reflexology sees the body as an energy system. In addition it is a master science in the area of genetics. Osteopathy is an exceptional assessment tool in showing the areas of the body that are genetically strong. It is a safe, painless, non invasive and relatively cheap method of analysis.
How Does Osteopathy Work ?
Osteopathy therapists believe that the proper functioning of of our skeleton and muscles has a very significant impact on the workings of our internal organs and on our general health. The mechanics of the body can be badly impacted by poor posture, stress, injury leading to strains and pain. As a consequence this have detrimental affects on digestion, breathing, and circulation. Internal problems can equally cause muscle pain as the body attempts to compensate for the body's internal imbalances.
What Happens During an Osteopathy Treatment Session ?
During the first session with your Osteopath will spend some time exploring your medical history paying particular attention to the origins and the development of the condition for which you are seeking treatment.
Your Osteopath will ask you about any falls, accidents, and surgery that you may have had. You will be asked about any previous treatments undergone or current medication that you are taking. The Osteopath will examine you to see if any particular movements cause you pain or discomfort. He/She will also observe sitting and standing posture.
Your initial treatment will take one hour approximately however subsequent sessions should take just 45 minutes. During therapy sessions your Osteopath may employ a variety of techniques. These techniques will improve joint mobility, extend and stretch soft tissues, and ease pressure on nerves. The sessions will mobilise the body's self-healing abilities thereby improve the body's balance. Some clients may experience some mild discomfort, particularly in the early treatments, and it is important that you communicate this to your Osteopath.
Over the course of your Osteopathy treatments you will experience increased mobility, reduced pain or discomfort and you may also expedience a reduction in tension and more restful sleep.
It can also help with general well-being, personal development and general lifestyle issues.
Irish Representative Body for Osteopathy
The main representative body for Osteopathy in Ireland is the Osteopathic Council of Ireland. Contact details for the Institute are as follows:
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