Health & Beauty Recipes > Osteopathy

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Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.

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Osteopathy:

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Osteopathy is a natural therapy based on the premise that health problems arise when the circulation, especially around the area of the spine, is not functioning correctly. The unhampered flow of blood and lymph is considered, in this discipline, to be essential for good health. Abnormalities which upset this are called "lesions" and are said to occur in the bones, joints and soft tissues and are caused by poor nutrition, strains, injury, sprains, bad posture and stress.

This therapy was formulated in America in the 1800s by Doctor Andrew Taylor Still. He intended it to be used in the treatment of disorders of the circulatory system, not as a substitute for surgery or conventional medicine but as an effective weapon against low back pain, sciatica, defects of muscles and ligaments and structural problems in the skeleton. It can also help to treat the problems which are believed to arise from these underlying defects such as migraine, reflex headache, heart problems, asthma and ulcers.



A session with an osteopath consists of a consultation and an examination to assess the temperature and qualities of the blood flow in certain areas. X-ray is sometimes used. The taking of a detailed case history is considered essential.

Generally speaking a session with an osteopath can last for half an hour to one hour and usually the treatment is carried out on a weekly basis.

Aches and pains arise from many causes and the outcome of any treatment is never certain. It is true to say, however, that for many people osteopathy can bring relief where other methods have failed.