What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that lays main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body.
Osteopathy recognises the need for medical investigation when indicated and uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in coventional medical assessment and diagnosis.
However, the main strength of the osteopathic approach lies in the way in which the person is assessed from a structural, functional and postural standpoint.
Osteopathic treatment uses manual techniques that are applied to suit the needs of the individual patient rather than a prescribed treatment of a specific problem. In other words, osteopathic treatment is aimed as much at the person as the condition causing symptoms.   
This is important because, for example, if somebody is experiencing headaches due to tension in the muscles at the top of the neck which in turn is caused by an imbalance of posture and gait due to a flat foot, then treatment aimed only at the upper neck muscles will not produce a complete resolution of the problem. It will also be necessary to treat the flat foot.
Only by treating the whole person will complete resolution of symptoms be possible. This is where the osteopathic concept and perspective comes into its own.
Osteopaths see the interaction of the whole body and how it impacts on the production of symptoms and we devise a treatment plan to help normalise function, structure, and posture.  By so doing we assist the body in its attempts to return to, as much as possible, a normal condition and render the person symptom free.