What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a non-invasive manual therapy founded in 1874 by Andrew Still. It uses a variety of hands-on, gentle techniques to address problems through the body. Each person is unique and has developed their own particular compensation patterns which will require a custom approach to healing. This approach will be in accordance with osteopathic principles.
- The body is a unit. From the nervous system to the bony joints to the connective tissue web, the body is endlessly interconnected. That means treatment may address restrictions in all areas of the body.
- Structure governs function. Muscular function, bony movement, nerve conduction, and other systems of the body all depend on structural health. Injuries such as a muscle strain or a pinched nerve can have both local as well as global affects on how the body functions. Osteopathic manipulation aims to restore structural motion in order to support how the body functions.
- The body can heal and regulate itself. Cuts heal, broken bones grow back together, infections clear up. Every day, the body shows it can heal and regulate itself. Osteopathic practitioners aim to help this process with treatments that cause the least harm and have the greatest potential to help.
- The movement of the body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health. Osteopathic techniques such as visceral work and lympathic pumps can help keep the body fluids moving.
- Nerves play a crucial part in controlling the fluids of the body. Osteopathic techniques can help free entrapped nerves.
How Can Osteopathy Help Me?
Osteopathic treatment includes:
- Soft tissue techniques to help reduce pain and relax muscle fibers
- Join mobilization techniques to increase range of motion at the joint
- Muscle energy techniques to restore range of motion from tight muscles
- Strain and counterstrain to decrease tender points and trigger points
- Myofascial release to increase flexibility and decrease pain
- Cranial osteopathy to decrease headaches, jaw pain, and increase cerebral spinal fluid distribution
- Visceral techniques to help improve the functioning of organs
- Plus many more osteopathic techniques to help your body function better by decreasing pain, improving flexibility and decreasing stress