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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an area of medicine that identifies the importance between structure and
function of the human body. It was founded in America in 1874 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still.
Dr Still recognized that the human body has the ability to recover from injury but needs
intervention to encourage the recovery process.
Osteopathy focuses on the neuro-muscular-skeletal system using hands on therapy techniques
such as traction, massage, manipulation, mobilization and muscle energy techniques to treat conditions
such as: Neck and back pain; Headaches and migraines; Disc injuries including sciatica;
Arthritis; Sports injuries; Post-traumatic injuries (e.g. whiplash); Shoulder conditions
(e.g. rotator cuff syndrome); Elbow and wrist injuries; Muscle and ligament tears; Hip, Knee
and ankle injuries; Pre and Post natal back pain; and Repetitive strain injuries.

Why have I not heard of Osteopathy before?
Osteopathy is a very small profession in South Africa with only 51 registered osteopaths in the country.
With no teaching institutions in South Africa all practicing Osteopaths attained their qualifications overseas.

Are Osteopaths regulated in South Africa?
Osteopathy is a legally protected profession in South Africa.
Osteopaths are required to meet qualification levels determined by the
Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA)
and they are required to maintain their registration with the AHPCSA.

What can Osteopathy do for the sports person?
Osteopathy helps to prevent and treat injuries. Mobility and joint stability is important to the sportsperson.
Poor flexibility in the joints and muscles will prevent the body from performing at its optimum
and is often a contributory element to injury. By assessing the posture and condition of those structures
which make the human body a dynamic machine (the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues),
the Osteopath is able to promote a rapid recovery from injury.

For a full assessment, ask for Dr Gerhard van der Merwe, a registered Osteopath, at The White Lotus, Cape Town.