Osteopathy seeks to focus on the cause of a patient's symptoms and not to just deal with the presenting symptoms themselves. Osteopathy utilises much of the diagnostic procedures used in orthodox medicine for assessment and diagnosis in combination with unique and distinct principles for assessing patients structurally and holistically.
Osteopathy differs greatly from normal medical practices in the unique way the patient is assessed from a functional, mechanical and postural point of view. No drugs or invasive procedures are used, but a variety of techniques are employed, which include joints mobilisations, joint adjustments, massage and stretching techniques.
It should be noted that osteopathy and manipulations (clicking), are not synonymous and a treatment does not have to include this technique. Your osteopath will explain the technique should this concern you and a more informed decision can be made on whether to include that specific technique. The techniques described above will improve the blood and nerve supply to the tissues and facilitates the body's own healing mechanisms to improve a patient's complaint.