The World Osteopathic Health Organization (WOHO) seeks to promote, develop, protect and establish throughout the world, the study, knowledge, philosophy and practice of osteopathy and its application and research for the benefit of the peoples of all nations; To ensure the worldwide availability of the practice of osteopathy at the highest possible standards; To promote the integration of osteopathic philosophy and practice with related clinical and healthcare subjects.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established recognized system of healthcare which relies on manual contact for diagnosis and treatment. It respects the relationship of body, mind and spirit in health and disease; it lays emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body and the body’s intrinsic tendency for self-healing. Osteopathic treatment is viewed as a facilitative influence to encourage this self regulatory process.
Pain and disability experienced by patients are viewed as resulting from a reciprocal relationship between the musculoskeletal and visceral components of a disease or strain.
For what kinds of problems can osteopathic treatment help?
While often identified with the treatment of back pain, osteopathic treatment is useful in a wide variety of health complaints. The application of osteopathic principles in clinical practice varies with the training, interest and license of the individual practitioner. A partial list of complaints in which osteopathic treatment would commonly be applied would include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Non anginal chest pain
- Athletic or overuse strain injuries
Depending on individual practitioner expertise, osteopathic manipulative treatment may make a significant contribution to the health care management in the following diagnoses:
- Muscle or ligament strains, ankle, elbow, knee
- Traumatic injuries without laceration or fracture
- Pregnancy and childbirth, gestation, labor and post-partum
- Muscle tension headache independent or associated with migraine
- Sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, Otitis media
- Infant colic, plagiocephaly
- Pneumonia, bronchitis, congestive heart failure
- Gastric reflux, non acute cholecystitis
- Anxiety and depression