Osteopathy is a patient-centered healthcare discipline that recognizes the important interrelationship between the structure and function of the body.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a patient-centered healthcare discipline that recognizes the important interrelationship between the structure and function of the body. Using a skilled hands-on evaluation, an Osteopathic manual practitioner can identify areas of dysfunction. Through gentle therapeutic, manual techniques, they work to mobilize joints and tissue and balance the body’s systems to support and assist the body’s natural capacity towards healing.
Manual Osteopathic Practitioners work to improve function and mobility by providing relief to those who are in pain. This is achieved by increasing mobility and flexibility in areas of dysfunction, increasing range of motion, improving blood flow, and many more.
How does Osteopathy differ from other healthcare practitioners?
Osteopathic manual practitioners have been trained to find and treat restrictions within the different systems that inhibit proper function and by removing these restrictions or patterns; they restore function and facilitate the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Chiropractors and physiotherapists may use other modalities such as laser, EMS, TENs, etc. These healthcare practitioners, along with massage therapists, work mainly on the musculoskeletal system.
A treatment by an osteopathic manual practitioner will include a comprehensive manual assessment and whole-body treatment to correct and prevent somatic dysfunction in the muscular, visceral, and nervous system.
Who can benefit from osteopathic treatment?
People of all ages, from infancy to the elderly, with acute or chronic pain can benefit from osteopathic treatment. Patients often present with neck or lower back pain, headaches, repetitive strain and sprains, sports injuries, digestive issues, fatigue, and many more.
What to expect from your Osteopathy visit
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners work to improve function and mobility by providing relief to those who are in pain. This is achieved by increasing mobility and flexibility in areas of dysfunction, increasing range of motion, improving blood flow, and many more.
On your first visit with your osteopathic manual practitioner, you and your therapist will have an in depth discussion about your health history. Every traumatic event in your life matters from the time you were in the womb to the time you walked into the office. This is because your body is phenomenal and will adapt to whatever you throw at it. However, ignoring it and “letting it heal on its own” isn’t always the greatest solution. Once your body adapts to a traumatic event, it creates a chain reaction within your system to continuously put strain on an area that should not be strained. This can create continual adaptations within your body.
An osteopathic manual practitioner will look for where there is no movement head to toe. Every structure within your body must have a movement in order to allow for blood flow, oxygen, etc to flow through. As soon as there is no movement, no pumping effect, your body is automatically working at a less efficient rate than it should be. It is the job of the therapist to find out what it is that is holding your pain or discomfort. This could be anything from physical strains and sprains to digestive issues to migraines and much more. There is no limit to what an osteopathic manual practitioner can do for you!
Each treatment will be different since your body changes as treatments go on. Therefore, a mini assessment will be conducted prior to every treatment. The practitioner can work on, but not limited to, musculoskeletal, fascial, circulatory, and neurovascular systems. They can also work with the visceral organs such as liver, lungs, heart, intestines, etc, and cranial structures such as brain stem, dura, bones of the skull, etc.