Osteopathy is a profession that uses manual assessment and treatment to impact the body’s structure and improve its function. Osteopaths use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to assess what is out of order and then realign it using manual therapy.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy follows the theory that imbalances in the human structure are connected to the progression of disease. Because our bodies self-regulate and self-heal, osteopaths work with the body’s natural capacities to help remove obstructions in order to restore proper function and drainage of the body’s tissues. Osteopathic manual therapists view the body as a holistic, connected system. When one aspect of the system is off, the entire system can be affected and suffer. Treatments work to align body mechanics, nerve impulses, and the circulation of body fluids in order to restore one to optimal health.
WHAT TREATMENT LOOKS LIKE
Osteopathy is a hands-on gentle manual therapy that seeks to remove obstructions and imbalances in the body. There is no thrusting of joints. Through stretching, compressing, and oscillating of joints, muscles, and soft tissues, the osteopath returns proper motion and function to the body. Pain and discomfort are kept to a minimum, and patients are often asked to breathe deeply during these periods to aid treatment outcomes.
WHEN TO SEE AN OSTEOPATH
Below is a small list of conditions that can be improved with Osteopathic care:
• Back pain, disc bulge, postural imbalances
• Joint pain
• Tingling, pain or weakness down arms or legs
• Hip and shoulder pain, including Sciatica and frozen shoulder
• Sports injuries
• Strains and sprains
• Constipation, bloating, and diarrhea
• Headaches and migraines
• Painful periods
• Ovarian cysts, painful scar tissue
• TMJ and jaw-related pain
• Muscle tension and spasm
• Chronic fatigue syndromes (Fibromyalgia, etc.)
• and more…
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