The maintenance of optimal mechanical function is essential to good health. Anything that disrupts the balanced interaction of the muscles, joints, ligaments, etc which make up the framework of the body can disturb the circulatory system or nerve supply to any part of the body, and may adversely affect health. This may cause symptoms such as joint or muscle pain, or disturbances in the internal organs and how they function.
There are various possible causes of problems within the body’s framework – physical strain or injury, illness, emotional stress, lifestyle, or the accumulation of the negative effects of different events during that person’s life.
When a person is healthy they should be able to respond to any of the above events and recover fully from them afterwards. If the smooth running of the body’s framework and the balance between body and mind has been disturbed, they may deal with the particular event that is affecting them, but they may not recover to optimum health afterwards. Over a period of time a series of such events may result in impaired health.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment concerned with assessing the body framework, forming a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan to help restore that person to their optimum health.