What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which was founded in the early 1800’s, by an American physician, Dr. A.T Still. At the foundation of Osteopathy is the understanding that the entire body functions as one unit, therefore dysfunction in one area of the body will often have repercussions in other adjacent areas. Dr. Still also believed in the body’s innate ability to self-regulate and heal, provided there were no blockages or restrictions hindering the body’s ability to circulate fluids freely. This type of therapy is a non-invasive and holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area,but use manual techniques to balance ALL the systems of the body, to achieve overall health and wellbeing. The objective of osteopathic treatment is to restore balance where restriction or abnormal tension in the body may impede proper functioning. The role of the practitioner is to seek out and release restrictions in order to restore free movement of the tissues. By doing so, aiding in the body’s ability to heal itself.

Techniques Used in Osteopathy:

1. Gentle Soft Tissue Techniques: These techniques target restrictions within the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, joints, and ligaments, to alleviate tension and improve mobility.

2. Visceral Manipulation: Involving gentle mobilizations of internal organs, visceral manipulation addresses conditions ranging from low back pain to digestive issues and insomnia. By releasing local restrictions, this technique can alleviate symptoms that may manifest in other areas of the body.

3. Craniosacral Techniques: Through subtle pressure, osteopaths assess movement patterns within the bones of the skull, neck, and spine, particularly focusing on the sacrum. This gentle treatment aims to identify and address areas of restricted movement, benefiting the central nervous system and various bodily functions.

Conditions Treated by Osteopathy:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction
  • Joint and Muscular Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Dysmenorrhea (Painful Periods)
  • Pregnancy-Related Discomfort
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Issues
  • Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Concussions
  • Postural Misalignments

Ready to experience the holistic benefits of Osteopathy? Schedule a consultation today and embark on a journey towards optimal health and wellbeing.

 

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