What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a wholistic gentle hands-on approach to healthcare where the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner addresses dysfunctions within the body by finding and removing the main restrictions and blocks that prevent the inherent self-healing and self-regulatory capabilities in each person.
How Practitioners Work
Osteopathic practitioners are trained to identify, assess, and treat the body’s various interrelated structures and rhythms using a gentle, highly refined palpatory skill to relieve pain, to improve mobility, and restore, support and stimulate health through a combination of manual techniques that include:
- Osteoarticular Technique
- Cranial Osteopathy
- Visceral Manipulation
- Endocranial Spasm
- Facial Release (soft tissue mobility & motility)
Andrew Taylor Still founded Osteopathy in 1874. He questioned the traditional medical concepts and treatment of his time especially when 4 of his children died from meningitis. It was through his experience of nature, interest in machinery and extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology that the concepts of osteopathy were defined.
What makes osteopathy different from other therapies?
Osteopathy differs from other therapies in its philosophy for maintaining good health and its treatment methodology to restore that health. This is based on anatomical, physiological and biomechanical knowledge of the human body. Osteopathy does not concentrate on the symptoms but re-establishes the body’s mechanisms for adaptation and self-healing.
There are 4 core principles in osteopathy:
The concept of unity of a whole being which includes the spirit, mind and body, as a body is interrelated on many levels. A problem in one area can manifest elsewhere.
Structure (anatomy) affects function (physiology) and the opposite is true.
All fluids in the body must circulate freely around, through and within to allow the proper flow of nutrition and metabolic waste in and out of cells. Body fluids consist of blood, lymph, nerve conduction, cerebral spinal fluid, and synovial fluid.
When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to autoregulate and get back to homeostasis (balance).
Who can benefit from Osteopathic Manual Therapy?
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use a gentle palpation and a wide variety of manual techniques tailored to the individual in each treatment. Osteopathy can benefit people of all ages from newborns through to the elderly including students, athletes, office workers and manual labourers.
How Can This Help Me?
By treating structures of the body such as muscles, joints ligaments, tendons, fascia and internal organs, Osteopathic Practitioners are able to affect the physiology digestion, circulation, lymphatic drainage, respiration and metabolism. Common conditions treated are:
- Back/Neck Pain or Stiffness
- TMJ/Jaw problems
- Stress, Depression, & Anxiety
- Headaches & Much More