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"Osteopathy is the practical knowledge of how man is made and how to right him when he gets wrong" (A.T. Still)
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Osteopathic medicine is the oldest one in the Western medical tradition providing manipulative treatment of joints - even compared to chiropractic and naprapathy. An osteopathic practitioner is specialized in clinical methods of investigation and manual treatment of musculo-skeletal diseases. The most important osteopathic treatments include joint manipulation, high velocity thrust technique (HVT), articulatory technique, muscle energy technique (MET), functional technique, various soft-tissue methods, trigger and acupressure techniques, passive stretchings and instruction on various active stretchings and exercises.

Since the philosophy of osteopathy is to treat the whole person, all possible information relevant to the patient's condition is taken into account in the treatment plan. The purpose of the first consultation is to get to the root of the problems and reflect on the possible causes which have led to the troubles or diseases, in order to find the most suitable way to get better, to keep good health and to prevent recurrence of diseases.

Having pulled together the preliminary data, the osteopath observes the patient's posture, examines the patient's spinal column and possibly also the range of joint mobility in the extremities, both actively and passively, and documents the findings. On the basis of these findings, the osteopath arrives at a diagnosis and plans the treatment. X-ray films, magnetic films and laboratory findings which are not older than two years are of further aid to accurate osteopathic diagnosis, but they are not always indispensable, since osteopaths are capable to detect joint dysfunctions and other potential pathologies, through a careful interview, palpation and clinical tests.

The most common aches and pains that osteopaths would treat would be the following:

* Low back ache
* Back pain
* Headache
* Dizziness
* Stiff neck and neck pain
* Trapped nerves
* Shoulder and elbow pain
* Sciatic nerve irritation
* Hip troubles
* Thigh and knee troubles, other leg troubles