Osteopathy is a type of manual medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopaths, also called osteopathic physicians, use their hands to diagnose and treat conditions by manually manipulating the muscles, joints, and other soft tissues of the body.
The goal of osteopathy is to restore the body's natural balance and improve its ability to heal itself. Osteopaths use a holistic approach to treatment, taking into account the patient's overall health and lifestyle.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the craniosacral system, which includes the bones of the skull, the sacrum and the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protect the brain and spinal cord. CST practitioners use a gentle touch to monitor the craniosacral rhythm and evaluate any imbalance in the system, they also manipulate the bones of the skull to release tension and improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. CST is commonly used to treat chronic pain, headaches, and other conditions related to the nervous system. It is also used to help improve the function of the whole body and promote relaxation.
Although both practices have some overlap in terms of techniques, they are distinct and have distinct philosophy, Osteopathy is considered as a healthcare profession and some osteopaths may use Craniosacral therapy as a technique within their practice, CST is often used as complementary therapy and often performed by practitioners who also practice other forms of bodywork.
Osteopathy is available at the following clinics:
18 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ
Telephone:0131 225 5542