‘As the twig is bent, so grows the tree’ ~ William Garner Sutherland (1873 – 1954) founder of cranial osteopathy Osteopathic philosophy is based on the idea that the body works best when it moves as nature intended. FROM THE BEGINNING Birthing is physically demanding for the baby due to structural adaptive changes that take place. These structural changes are usually self-correcting soon after birth, but not always, leaving behind varying degrees of potentially problematic restrictions.
“Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease. Osteopathy Research and Practice. A.T.Still Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO (1828-1917) the founder of osteopathy, was a man endowed with imagination, rare vision and perseverance. He was born on August 6, 1828 in Virginia. The word ‘God’ permeates his writings as he was a Christian.
As professionals in the treatment of pain and restrictions in the body, our team at Osteopathy Cape Town are experienced in working with all types of injuries. Osteopathy helps to attain better performance and reduce probability of injury by removing restrictions within the body frame. Competitive sport can contribute to musculoskeletal imbalances, and Osteopathic treatment is designed to help you realign the body to its natural state. In addition to treatment, we offer the tips and techniques that will help alleviate minor aches and strains and offer guidance to minimise or avoid injury and muscle strain.
Can I see an Osteopath during pregnancy? Osteopathy is a safe form of physical therapy through all stages of pregnancy. Your Osteopath will only use techniques and forms of treatment that will enhance your health and well-being. Osteopathic treatment is helpful in assisting the body to adapt to the postural changes and makes the pregnancy much more comfortable. An important part of preparation for childbirth is to ensure that the mothers pelvis is structurally balanced and able to allow the passage of the baby down the birth canal.
Can a person who has had back surgery see an Osteopath? Osteopathy is beneficial for post-surgical rehabilitative care as it offers gentle, non-invasive treatment which promotes the natural healing processes of the body. In addition to this some people who have had spinal surgery experience a return of their original or similar symptoms months or years later. Osteopathy may help prevent repeated back surgery; in fact, if Osteopathic treatment is initially utilised back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
Can anyone call themselves an Osteopath? Osteopaths practicing in South Africa all comply with the minimum standards of registration as stipulated by the Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa. Practitioners who do not meet these standards are not permitted to practice Osteopathy or claim to be an osteopath in South Africa. Please be aware that some terms such as osteopractic, osteomyology and myosteopractic etc. do exist but essentially this is not osteopathy.
How many treatments will I need? Some patients have instant relief. Others discover it can take more time. Many factors can affect your recovery such as your age, how long you’ve had the problem, severity, your daily demands and general condition of your body. Whilst every patient reacts differently, your osteopath will be able to advise you on your likely recovery time. In most cases you will feel a definite change for the better early on in your treatment.
Is the treatment for each patient the same? We take a holistic approach when diagnosing our patients, ensuring the treatment is tailored to the individual needs of patients, taking into account your lifestyle, age and general health. This is based on years of training, experience, and the patients personal health goals. The techniques utilised depend very much on the severity of the problem, health of the tissues, age and the nervous tension of the patient.
Originally Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American medical doctor. One of Dr Still’s students was Daniel David Palmer who founded Chiropractic in 1895. The association between Dr Still and Palmer is not usually mentioned in accounts of the history of Chiropractic. Despite these early links, Osteopathy & Chiropractic are now quite different. Philosophy, Treatment Objective And Diagnosis A shared philosophy for osteopathy and chiropractic is the importance of the integrity of the spine in ensuring good health.
All Osteopaths complete up to 5 years medical degree training and in South Africa are registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa .This qualifies them to practice osteopathy and in South Africa under the title of Doctor. The basic training of cranial osteopathic technique is given during the medical degree, but some Osteopaths specialise at post graduate level. Guy has attained a Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, UK which included experience at Barnet General Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and children’s wards.