Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy that considers all of the different systems of the body to be interconnected, therefore working together as a functional unit. Manual osteopathy looks for the cause of the problem, rather than focusing on only the symptoms. Once the cause has been found, the manual Osteopath treats the dysfunction. However, they also ensure that the rest of the body and its different systems are integrating the changes. This prevents the body from developing compensatory patterns and/or moving back into its dysfunctional state. This is sometimes what happens when only addressing the apparent symptoms. It is a whole body/integrating system approach.