Osteopathy begins with the understanding that the mind and body are integrated and affect one another, and that it is possible for the body to heal itself. Muscle energy methods are at the heart of osteopathy. Muscle Energy Techniques include utilizing barriers and restrictions to set up a force against which the patient pushes, creating a sense of relaxation. Other techniques include stretching, massaging, and a general manipulation of the musculoskeletal system. All of this is centered around reducing pain, improving blood circulation and improving mobility.
Osteopathics are highly trained medical professionals who strive for a holistic approach to health and bringing positive energy into the patient but helping them understand that the body is self-regulating and simply needs healthy tissues and fluid circulation to make the machine run ok. It is a more modern type of medical practice, developed by Andrew Taylor in the 1870s. It can help treat chronic pain.