Osteopathy is a non-invasive form of manual medicine in which the Osteopathic Practitioner uses their hands to diagnose, treat and heal the whole of the patient. It is gentle and effective, relying on the Osteopathic Practitioner’s perception and sense of touch. The goal of an Osteopathic treatment is to work with the individual’s health, and to rekindle the body’s capacity to heal itself, thus restoring natural motion to all tissues of the body. Osteopathy seeks to find the health that naturally exists.
In 2010, The World Health Organization recognized Osteopathy as a distinct practice, different from other professions that use manual techniques such as physiotherapy and chiropractic. The WHO has set out official training guidelines for Osteopathy.