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 increase mobility
- Gentle techniques to mobilize joints and increase range of motion
- Muscle energy techniques to improve musculoskeletal function, joint function, and decrease pain
- Strain and counterstrain to inrease range of motion
- Reduce trigger points to decrease stress and tension in muscles
- Myofascial release to improve muscle function and range of motion
- Cranial osteopathy to help reduce issues in the head and neck region
- 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