What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a Manual (hands on), gentle, holistic approach to treating one or more problems. It embraces the concept of the interdependence of body, mind and spirit in the healing process. The goal of Osteopathy is to restore the body’s normal homeostasis enabling the body to defend and heal itself.
Using specific manual therapy (hands-on) techniques, treatments may focus on different areas such as the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and joints), the cranium (head, face and jaw) and the visceral system (internal organs). These systems are evaluated for restrictions in mobility or vitality. As restrictions in the body are treated, normal function returns to the area and symptoms resolve allowing for a fast and safe return to sport or active living.
Osteopathy is a total system of medical care that believes in the following osteopathic principles:
- The body possesses a self-regulatory and self-healing mechanism.
- The synergy between structure and function.
- The body is a unit.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
Muscle energy technique is a form of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment in which patients muscles are actively used upon request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed counterforce from the practitioner. Like many other forms of osteopathic treatment techniques, Muscle Energy Technique(MET) has been used as a successful osteopathic technique for many years. It aims to improve activity tolerance rather than merely providing symptomatic relief, helping patient to regain functional independence.
Mobilization Techniques (MOBS)
Mobilization is the treatment technique that involves the clinician applying a force to mimic the gliding that occurs between bones. It is a passive movement, the goal of which is to produce a slide or glide. Mobilizations are usually completed at slow speed, sometimes with oscillations, and even with a “hold” or stretch. The purpose of Mobilizations are used to restore joint play that has been lost due to injury or disease
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle osteopathic technique that uses light touch, hands-on therapy to detect and correct imbalances in the spine, sacrum and other parts of the body . The goal of cranial osteopathy is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance and optimal neuro-vascular flow surrounding the Central Nervous System and all of its autonomic centers. A study reports that cranial osteopathy is effective for decreasing pain and associated use of narcotics, improving functional status and decreasing symptoms.
Visceral Osteopathy assists functional and structural imbalances in the different organ system of the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. Visceral Osteopathy releases adhesion and restrictions surrounding the specific organs of the body. It would also help revitalize a person and help relieve symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
Soft tissue techniques
Soft tissue mobilization employs a passive, gentle movement of the muscolofacial elements. Soft tissue mobilization may help restore independent mobility of muscles, fascia and skin in the areas of facial thickening and binding that occurs in response to deformity and injury.
Osteopathy can help relieve:
- Digestive Disorders
- Excessive scarring post-surgery
- Hearthburn, reflux
- Menstrual pain, endometriosis
- Pelvic pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Rotator cuff problems
- Impingement syndromes
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Headaches/ Migraines/Concussions
- Herniated disk
- Sciatic pain
- Back pain
- TMJ/ jaw pain
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Torticollis or neck pain
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