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Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged areas of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efcient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.

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. Back on the Move Osteopathy works to restore the structure and function of the body to a state of balance and harmony, so helping the whole person.

Traditionally, osteopathy developed as an alternative system for the treatment of illness and disease. At the core of original osteopathic philosophy was the idea that spinal nerve entrapment could trigger off abnormal nerve messages and cause related body organs to eventually become diseased. By treating trapped spinal nerves it was believed that some less severe organ damage could be helped.

Nowadays, osteopathy's main focus is on the body framework, otherwise known as the musculo-skeletal system (the joints, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and the bones) and the way in which this interrelates with the body as a whole. Back on the Move Osteopathy uses scientifc knowledge of anatomy and physiology along with detailed understanding of disease processes to diagnose and treat mainly body framework problems.

Problems with the body framework may occur because of injury, stress or disease. By using the bio-social holistic health model - treating body, mind and spirit - Back on the Move Osteopathy improves a patient's overall health as well as treating the strained or

pained part of the person. As a result of osteopathic treatment, the musculo-skeletal system is then able to function as efciently as possible. This allows the body to have a much better chance of restoring itself to normal health.

The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles assume all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. When the body is free of restrictions in movement, Osteopathic treatment assists the body with pain minimisation, reduced stress and greater mobility providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself.

Osteopathy is a safe and natural therapy, which focuses on the framework of the body consisting of the bones, ligaments, muscles and connective tissues, which support the 'soft bits' inside that keep you alive. Osteopaths assess the condition of this musculo-skeletal supporting system looking for areas of weakness, imbalance and excessive strain. Any potential 'weak points' will determine how well the body functions and they will have an influence on the general health of the whole body.

Osteopathy is now recognised as an effective treatment for people with a wide range of painful disorders. It helps the person restore a healthy function of the musculo-skeletal system (joints, muscles and ligaments).

The aim is to relieve pain and get you 'back on the move' again as quickly as possible. Patients of all ages can obtain beneft and our treatments are tailored to suit the individual.