Osteopathy and AFS | Osteopaths in Queens Park and Notting Hill
Osteopathy is a drug free, non invasive manual medicine, concerned with the health of the whole body. One of the main tenets of osteopathy is that the body functions as a unit; one poorly functioning part will cause compensations elsewhere; it is therefore necessary to find and treat the root cause of an area of pain or dysfunction, not just the painful part.
We can also help you understand the role of nutrition and lifestyle factors, appreciating you as a whole and not just as an injury. We encourage everyone we see to be actively involved in treatment.
Applied Functional Science
Applied Functional Science (AFS) is based on the principles of human movement and how the body interacts with gravity, ground reaction force, and mass and momentum. It combines the physical, biological and behavioural sciences to create successful treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies that are unique to an individual’s needs.
There are no set protocols as the AFS approach demands strategies specific to each patient. AFS comprises, arguably, the most comprehensive in-depth and evidence-based understanding of human movement available to those working in manual medicine.
How does Osteopathy differ from Physiotherapy and Chiropractic?
- Assessment is tailored to the individual and utilises the osteopath’s palpatory awareness (ability to feel the soft tissues and joints in order to assess their health)
- There are no protocols; each treatment is tailored to the individual
- Treatment is targeted at the cause and compensations, not just symptoms
- Treatment varies between individuals, but usually comprises a combination of soft tissue massage, joint articulation, joint manipulation, and functional stretching and strengthening exercises