What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a non-invasive, drug-free, “hands-on” approach to treating pain and restoring proper function and movement within the body. It is both a science and an art and is based on the understanding that all systems of the body operate together to create and sustain health. Osteopathy focuses on total body health identifying the source of pain and dysfunction rather than the symptoms.
The goal of treatment is to remove blocks to self-healing and achieve permanent rehabilitation through strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine, which in turn, positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. It aims to relieve pain, improve mobility and restore health and vitality. Osteopathic treatment identifies areas of the body that are restricted and gently releases these areas in order to restore normal function.
Cranial Osteopathy is a type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head.
How Can Osteopathy Help?
The maintenance of good mechanical function is essential to good health. Problems within the framework of the body can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to every part of the body, and affect any aspect of health. Thus mechanical problems can lead not only to aches and pains in joints and muscles, but also to disturbances in the internal organs and the way they work.
Osteopathic manual practitioners work to restore the musculoskeletal system and the body to a state of balance and harmony. Osteopathic practitioners study for years to develop very sensitive palpation skills. Many gentle tests and techniques are used to find and treat the root causes of dysfunction and not just chase the symptoms.
What Osteopathy Can Help With
Neck/ Shoulder/ Back/ Hip
Rotator Cuff Problems
Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
What to Expect from a Treatment
The initial appointment may take between 60 to 90 minutes. An osteopathic treatment begins with a specific assessment to identify the underlying causes of the pain and dysfunction. This is achieved by taking a thorough medical history, performing a postural assessment and other manual tests. The Osteopathic practitioner visually and manually assesses the spine, joints, muscles, and tendons to evaluate posture and identify mobility impairments.
All treatment is performed through the client’s clothing. Clients are required to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing for the session. All treatment programs are highly individualized and depend on the client’s current condition, past history, and ability to adapt to change.
It is not uncommon, to require only 1-3 treatments to get results.