What is Orthopathy?

Orthopath: a practitioner of orthopathic medicine

Orthopathic Medicine: The art and science of restoring normal structure, health and dynamics to the body using physical treatment allied with other adjunctive therapies/approaches that aid the restoration of natural balance and health. Adjunctive therapies and approaches may include nutritional advice, lifestyle advice, and other therapeutic systems as appropriate that will help restore health. Orthopaths are trained in an established physical therapy such as osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy and have expanded their therapeutic approach to embrace more detailed study and application of a variety of methods including fascial release techniques, FDM, MER, etc. The requisite training for an orthopath is a minimum of that required for an osteopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist or fully qualified manipulative or sports therapists plus an understanding of other health promoting factors.The individual supportive therapies and approaches used by an othopath will depend on the speciality or training each orthopath brings to their work. Some may use energetic medicine such as acupuncture, or applied kinesiology others may use medicinal treatment such as homoeopathy or herbalism, others may work with relaxation, breathing or NLP and all will give their attention to the patient’s nutrition and lifestyle.

The strength of orthopathy lies in its simple philosophical foundation of normalising structure and body-mind health while encouraging the rational and pragmatic use of other therapeutic systems compatible with improving the health and wellbeing of the patient.

The orthopath recognises medicine and healthcare are dynamic and developing, there is no absolute “right way” set in stone, orthopathy is not pedantic and set in its ways but is an ever developing, improving dynamic system of healing guided by the best scientific principles.

Orthopathy does not oppose modern medical practice but seeks to bridge the gap, that has widened over the past fifty years, between modern medicine and the healing arts based on health promotion and education that focus on the body's own healing potential. An orthopath may come from the medical establishment by adding other natural therapies to their practice or from the CAM group of therapists who have an adequate medical training such as osteopaths, chiropractors or physiotherapists.