What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of gentle, non-invasive manual therapy that focuses on restoring optimal function in the body through manipulation of the bones, joints, and muscles. An osteopathic manual practitioner looks at the whole picture of a patient’s health by incorporating the patient’s health history, current symptoms and their structural presentation into their assessment. A thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and a development of refined palpation allow the osteopathic manual practitioner to identify restrictions, body asymmetry, and tissue health that leads to the patient’s health complaints.
Osteopathic manual practitioner uses their assessment to find the source of the problem and not just chase the symptoms. Practitioners use a combination of specific treatment and global treatment to the whole body to ensure that changes to the body are integrated and hold. The manual treatment techniques focus on addressing all types of tissue including the patient’s fascia, muscles, skeleton, cardiovascular, neurological, visceral and cranial system. Practitioners also encourage lifestyle adjustments and home exercise that they deem helpful and safe for the patient.
How can Osteopathy help?
Manual osteopathy is recognized as one of the safest drug free, non-invasive therapies available for the neuromuscular, skeletal and joint issues. However, each patient responds differently to treatment, which may lead to some small adverse effects like minor discomfort or soreness. Some patients will have immediate relief, while others for others it may take a couple of days. Also, the response of treatment varies for each patient because of numerous variables such as their overall health vitality and the duration they’ve had this problem.
Osteopathy can help everybody – male and females of all ages, athletes, babies, toddlers, kids and teens. The following is a sample list of conditions that respond to osteopathic treatment:
Musculoskeletal pain (back, neck, shoulder, arm, hip, leg pain)
Headaches, migraines, concussions
Digestive issues (ex. IBS, acid reflux, constipation)
Respiratory issues (ex. shortness of breath, asthma)
Circulatory issues (ex. swelling, cold hands/feet)
Acute and chronic pain
Pre & post natal care