Manual therapy works with the body as a unit applying the knowledge of anatomy and physiology to trace changes in the structure and function of joints and tissues throughout the body. A deviation in the structure or function of a joint or tissue will contribute to poor health, disease, changes in performance and temperament of the individual.
Manual therapy uses a range of techniques to manipulate the structures of joints and associated tissues based on the principles of osteopathy. This enables the bodies self- healing capability to restore health, function, performance and homeostasis of the structural, visceral and endocrine systems. Treatment also reduces pain and inflammation whilst assisting the healing and repair process after an injury or operation.
Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor-Still; born 1828 in Lee County, Virginia, who is known as the 'Father' of Osteopathy. Osteopathy follows four principles which are used throughout the treatment process. They are:
- The artery is supreme
- Structure governs function
- The body is a unit
- The body is self healing