The term “classical” expresses the traditional nature of this type of osteopathy, it does not restrict itself to symptomatic relief but aims to improve the musculo-skeletal integrity, stability and physiological function, i.e. find the root cause of your problem and long term solution.
Almost any mechanical and many physiological problems can be alleviated by Classical Osteopathy. It may be of particular value in instances where traditional medicine is not able to provide a cure. If a maintenance programme is continued after the initial success, the relief is enduring, and you will enjoy the benefit of improved health and a body much younger than its years.
The treatment is based on the principal that the body, in its optimum condition, has the power to heal itself. The body’s natural ability for repair and immune response can be compromised by the malfunction of some aspect of the musculo-skeletal system.
The Classical Osteopath therefore treats the whole body in order to re-establish the close relationship and free articulation of structure (bones / joints), nervous integration and movement of fluids. For example; the whole body is connected with the nervous system. The welfare and activity of each part and the cooperation of all body parts is maintained by the nervous system. The functioning of various structures – be it organ, gland, blood vessel, ligament, muscle or bone are governed by nerve impulses that travel to and from the spinal cord. Therefore disturbances of a structural nature i.e. 2 twisted vertebrae will impinge on the disc between them causing the disc to bulge. This not only irritates / impinges on the incoming nerves which register the pain. It also impinges on the outgoing nerves to the organ related to the specific vertebrae. Thus a displaced vertebrae or group of vertebrae can be seen to be the underlying cause to a great many diseases or disorders – IBS can for example be caused / aggravated by restrictions in the spine.