Osteopathy is both corrective and preventative.
Osteopathy seeks the cause of pain and dysfunction with a comprehensive multi-system assessment. We use the information you provide during a history, and the results of a physical assessment to determine where the cause(s) of your symptoms may lie. For example, knee pain can be caused by an imbalance of tension around the kidney, an old ankle sprain can cause hip pain, and tension in the shin bone (common at ski boot top level) can cause dysfunction and imbalance in the leg, or even the opposite shoulder.
A treatment plan is developed based on the assessment, and discussed with the patient. Home exercises, stretches and recommendations will be provided as appropriate. Treatment consists of gentle, hands on techniques which address the cause of dysfunction, and assists the body to accept and integrate the change. Treatment frequency is minimized, as the goal is to assist the natural healing process in all of us. Most conditions require between 3-8 treatments. Acute injuries may respond more quickly, while chronic conditions often require more time for resolution.
What is Osteopathy
Osteopathic Practitioners are extensively trained in the human sciences, the inter-relationships of all bodily systems and the art of assisting alignment, organic function, neurovascular health, and circulation of all body fluids.
Osteopathic Practitioners work to reduce fluid stasis and pain, while improving mobility, health and well being. It is an effective treatment for encouraging the natural healing potential in all of us. Osteopathy can help remove the obstacles to your natural healing potential, and assist the emergence of health and autonomy. Health is not a state of perfection, nothing is perfect. Health is autonomy - being resilient to the challenges of life, and the bumps we experience along the way.
A multi-system approach enables the primary site(s) of dysfunction to be determined. Once the primary areas are identified, Osteopathic practitionners then target various areas of the body to assist with resolution. An important aspect of Osteopathy is the focus on understanding the inter-relationships of problem areas, and the involvement of multiple systems (digestive, neurological, cardiorespiratory, and muskuloskeletal)
Osteopathic treatment includes manual techniques such as myofascial release, positional release, strain-counterstrain, visceral release, fluid techniques (lymphatic, vascular, csf) and cranial osteopathy. A thorough history and assessment enables an intelligent treatment approach that is directed at the systems which are primarily responsible for the dysfunction. Treating the cause of dysfunction and pain is what makes Osteopathy so effective.