When someone falls ill, the common held belief is that a particular part of the body is attacked affected causing disease. In reality the affect of the illness is not local, but global- and the harmful affects can be felt throughout the body; resulting in widespread dis-ease. The Osteopath treats the body with a global mindset- and this fundamental difference is what separates the osteopathic approach from the general doctor's approach.
Osteopathy believes that the body is a single entity that combines mind, body and spirit and all its parts are interconnected and hence any affect on any part of it would affect other parts too. So, accordingly osteopaths treat the whole body instead of isolating any particular part. This ensures that the cause is treated instead of treating only the symptoms.
Just like doctors, osteopaths undergo a full medical course of five years and on successful completion would be recognized as primary healthcare providers. The major benefit of Osteopathy is that it realizes the fact that the body has a mechanism in place that can provide self-treatment. But due to improper handling and accumulation of toxins this self-healing performance is drastically reduced. The trained Osteopaths are the guides to improve this self-healing mechanism of the body and they use various techniques that include articulatory technique, joint mobilization, soft tissue release, muscle energy, HVLA (High Velocity / low amplitude which is also called the Thrust technique).
These methods may be applied directly on the affected area however other areas of the body that may seem unrelated to the source of the pain will also be treated and fine tuned- reflecting the global osteopathic approach.