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        What is Osteopathy


Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment which works with the structure and function of the body. The maintenance of good mechanical function is essential to good health. Problems in the framework of the body can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body, and affect any aspect of health. Osteopaths work to restore the structure and function of the body to a state of balance and harmony, so helping the whole person. Osteopathic treatment involves manual techniques including soft tissue stretching and massage, combined with mobilisation and manipulation of the joints.

Osteopathy seeks to find and treat the root cause of an injury. Invariably, we find that a problem or previous injury elsewhere is predisposing a current injury, for example a knee or ankle injury can cause low back pain as the body compensates for these problems through the spine. In order for any injury to heal it requires both good blood and nerve supply. A good blood supply brings nutrition and oxygen to all cells of the body allowing them to repair and renew themselves.

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In 1993, osteopathy became the first major complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory recognition in the UK only. The Osteopathic Council of Ireland O.C.I. is being set up and only those practitioners able to satisfy its educational and ethical standards will be able to join its register and call themselves osteopaths. Patients will have the same safeguards as when currently they consult a doctor or dentist.

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