What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a unique 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 provide overall good health and well being.
Treatment is administered through drug-free, non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
There are four main osteopathic principles:
- The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit.
- The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
- Rational treatment is based on an understanding of these principles: body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.
What to expect during an osteopathic session?
Every session begins with a highly in depth history taking and assessment. In an initial visit, the patient is asked a variety of questions about past/current injuries, slips, trips or falls. It is extremely important to be as thorough as possible and remember there is no such thing as too much detail during this process as all things are inter-related when it comes to the human body.
For example, if you took a nasty fall off of your bike when you were 9 this would be important information to include in an initial history taking.
After the history taking is completed, you will be assessed by your practitioner to establish a baseline for range of motion, flexibility, neurological (nerve) testing as well as pain levels. This process is quite like beginning to piece together a puzzle of each individuals picture of health.
Following assessment, your practitioner will briefly discuss the plans for treatment and your session will begin. Trust in your practitioner is highly important to the success of treatment.
For example: It is very common that you may come with an initial complaint of neck or shoulder pain and your practitioner may be spending more time working on your hips and or lower back area. This is all a part of the osteopathic approach to hollistic healing and addressing the root causes of an issue.
Following treatment, your practitioner may prescribe various stretches, exercises or dietary suggestions to assist in your journey to recovery. You will also be given an timeline of how many sessions will be necessary to return to an optimal state of health.
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Who can benefit?
Everyone can benefit from treatment from elderly patients to young children.
The following is a list of conditions that can benefit from osteopathic treatment:
- Muscle and joint pain, arthritis, sciatica
- Chronic pain, fibromyalgia
- Postural stress
- Repetitive strain injuries (tendinitis, carpal tunnel, plantar fascitis)
- Headaches (tension, migraine)
- Insomnia, fatigue
- Traumatic injuries (sports, whiplash, falls)
- Digestive difficulties (reflux, bloating, constipation)
- Respiratory disturbances (asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, shallow breathing)
- Gynecological problems (PMS, irregular or painful periods, difficulty conceiving)
- Incontinence, pelvic organ prolapsed
- Post-surgical pain, scar tissue and adhesions
- Emotional distress and aniety