Osteopaths work on the basis that many types of pain are caused by changes in the structure of the body that interfere with its normal function.
By assessing the mechanical, functional and postural state of the person, osteopaths can identify areas of the body that are causing or maintaining problems.
The components of the body are held together by connective tissue: muscles, ligaments and membranes. The tension in these tissues is maintained by the nervous system and can be affected by many factors such as posture, trauma and stress. Altered tension in any part of the body can affect the function of muscles, joints and organs resulting in dysfunction and pain.
By gently manipulating the connective tissues, osteopaths can alter the mechanics of the body to restore proper function.
There are a number of techniques that an osteopath can apply to any part of the body, among them are the very gentle cranio-sacral technique that make osteopathic treatment suitable for anyone from babies to the elderly.