Osteopathic principle is that bad posture, injury, or living a poor lifestyle has a negative effect on the body's makeup resulting in problems with health. Osteopaths have to detect and treat the causes using non-invasive and hands-on therapies such as – orthopaedic and nerve testing, soft tissue manipulation, stretching muscle groups and spinal manipulations.

This system of treatment delves deeper than western medical teachings to stress that it is very important for a structural balance of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopathic techniques include joint manipulation, postural re-education, and physical therapy to bring the body’s structure back to normal to facilitate healing. Nearly all medical conditions can be treated using osteopathy. In some cases, osteopathy has been shown to resolve illnesses resistant to surgery and other medical approaches.

Osteopathy uses hands-on techniques to address much of the problems of neuromusculoskeletal pain syndromes, like lower back pain and throbbing headaches, using exercise and other rehabilitative methods as adjuncts.

The most common complaints are back and neck pains. Other conditions for which osteopathy can play a significant role in reducing the severity of symptoms include asthma, gynaecological dysfunction, arthritic conditions and chronic fatigue.

There have been questions on the efficacy of manipulative techniques used by some osteopaths. 'Neck cracking', has received a bit more than normal attention in the sensational media quoting that there is  a possible risk of arterial occlusion and consequently the person could end up having a stroke.

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