Strictly speaking osteopathy is a philosophy, not a treatment. Osteopathic philosophy looks at how the body is functioning. If function is correct, injury is less likely and repair occurs naturally. This differs from the orthodox medical thinking which looks for specific problems, i.e. illness, disease or injury. The problem with this is that people often experience muscle or joint pain where no specific medical problem can be found. Sometimes called non-specific pain.
Osteopathic philosophy works especially well with musculoskeletal problems (problems of the muscles, joints and ligaments). This is because the function of these structures is easy to alter and they are a common source of pain.
The most common conditions that osteopaths treat are:
- back and neck pain
- shoulder and arm problems
- pelvis, hip and leg problems
- sports and other injuries
Patients have also often received great benefit as a result of osteopathy with other sources of dys-function. If you would like to find out more, we should be happy to talk to you.
Osteopathy is still regarded as an alternative form of health care. This means that the evidence for its effectiveness is lacking (it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work). Mainstream medicine follows the guidance of the best available evidence. But sometimes the research just hasn’t been done and this is when orthodox, mainstream medicine struggles. I like to think of Osteopathy as physiotherapy (who are mainstream) without the constraints of evidence. We can, after all, utilise their evidence when it exists and when it doesn’t we can use clinical reasoning and experience.
Harmonic Osteopathy Edinburgh – our philosophy
harmonic osteopathy Edinburgh is no different in our philosophy to traditional osteopathy but we differ in our choice of treatment. The main difference between osteopaths is the way they carry out their treatments. Some will use a lot of spinal manipulations (more like chiropractors) and some use cranial techniques. We use predominantly harmonic techniques, which use rhythmic oscillatory movements to gently rock various parts of the body. This can correct the function and repair injury much faster and easier, without the need for creating loud pops and cracks. This is a less “heavy handed” approach.
We also, when the condition requires, call upon more traditional techniques including:
- soft tissue massage
- joint mobilisations and manipulations
- therapeutic exercises