– DR MARK OLVER
Mark Olver trained as an Osteopath at the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone Kent in the UK, where he obtained his Diploma in Osteopathy (D.O.) and his Integrated Master’s Degree in Osteopathy (M.Ost). Mark is currently completing a postgraduate diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy/ the Osteopathic treatment of children, through the European Academy for Traditional Osteopathy at the Swiss Osteopathic Center for Kids (SOCK).
THE OSTEOPATHIC PERSPECTIVE
The Aim Of Osteopathic Treatment
‘The aim of osteopathic treatment is to increase the individual patient’s quality of life and to improve the structural and dynamic balance of the patient’s body systems, minimizing its energy requirements (Liem, 2005).’
The aim of the Osteopath is to work with the natural healing forces that are present in the individual patient. In learning to do this the Osteopath follows the osteopathic principles as his guide. Every technique and approach in osteopathy has emerged through following the principles of Osteopathy. These principles are forever present in the natural world. As Dr Still (founder) says all he did was discover what was already there.
‘I do not claim to be the author of this science of Osteopathy. No human hand framed its laws; I ask no greater honour than to have discovered it.’ (Still, 1908)
One could say ‘An Osteopath uses the connective tissues as the doorway to improve the function and health of the individual’. One can think of the Osteopath as the connective tissue piano tuner, who gets the keys in synchrony and harmony so that when the three C keys are struck together they function as one whole unit of function.
Osteopathy was founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in Kansas a midwestern state in the USA. Osteopathy aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism, rather than trying to destroy or suppress a particular disease process. ‘Osteopathy is a philosophy of health not just a series of techniques applied to the body. This philosophy acknowledges that in health the body should be able to automatically adapt to different demands, and maintain itself in a state of balance and harmony. The body is always doing its best to maintain a state of balance, and can recover from or adapt to many traumatic events. However its resources for coping are not endless, and sometimes events occur that are too much for the body to correct without assistance. This is where osteopathy can help. (Hayden, 2000)’