Osteopathy is a natural medicine and manual practice which aims to restore function in your body by treating the root cause of your symptoms. Osteopathic practitioners use position, mobility and vitality to restore healthy functioning in the body.
Osteopathic treatment is hands on and uses your symptoms to guide treatment by locating areas in the body which have caused your symptoms. Manual practitioners use a wide variety of techniques including but not limited to: soft tissue work, mobilization techniques, visceral techniques and cranial sacral techniques.
Osteopathy looks at the body as a whole to understand the causes and treatment of health issues. Many recent injuries or chronic conditions may be helped by osteopathic care.
An osteopathic physician does not concentrate only on the problem area, but uses manual techniques to balance all the body systems, and to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
Diagnosing and treating conditions using these techniques is called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). Techniques include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance, known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
An osteopathic physician may also issue prescription medicine and use surgical methods to support the holistic, manual treatment. Many osteopathic physicians also serve as primary care physicians in fields such as family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.
How does Manual Osteopathy work?
Manual practitioners of osteopathy look at all of the symptoms the patient presents with – not just the loud ones.
We listen to the patient and the patients body by taking the time to assess and examine movement of the structures, quality of movement and sensation.We ask in-depth questions about the patients lifestyle, digestion, and sleep patterns.Then we piece together the information to approach the problem from all angles and facilitate balance between the systems through gentle, non-invasive joint, fascial, muscle, visceral and cranial manipulations
What are the Systems?
Muscles & Fascia
Muscles are the springs that move us, while fascial tissue the web that holds us together. In dysfunction, both will become firm and restrictive to movement, eliciting ‘loud’ pain that may feel sharp or achey.
Bones & Joints
Bones are the living framework that give the body support and structure. Joints allow for movement capacity. In dysfunction, pain may or may not be present but is usually specific.
Organs are the filling of our bodies that provide for bodily function and cellular feeding. In dysfunction the body will decrease mobility to guard them. Most dysfunctions tend to be ‘quiet’ and refer pain to other areas in both specific and general patterns.
Cranium & Spinal Canal
The cranium and spinal canal house the communication pathways of the body, and are made up of mobile, living tissues. Dysfunction here creates a vast array of consistent symptoms and pain tends to feel ‘untouchable’.
Why does Osteopathy Work?
Nothing within the body functions entirely on its own. Osteopathy works because we treat it with consideration to the way the body is designed – an integrated web of networking tissues that are mutually dependant. By working on all of the involved systems, the body is able to find balance and function efficiently.
What does Osteopathy Treat?
Osteopathy treats the following conditions and problems:
- Headache arising from the neck / migraine prevention
- Neck Pain
- General, acute and chronic backache, back pain
- Chronic/Unresolved Pain
- Medically Unexplained Pain
- Carpal Tunnel & Repetitive Use Injuries
- Joint pains including hip pain and knee pain
- Muscle spasms
- Inability to relax
- Rheumatic pain
- Arthritic pain
- Frozen shoulder, shoulder and elbow pain, tennis elbow
- Circulatory problems, cramp
- Digestive Issues
- Insomnia & Sleep Disturbance
- Structural Dysfunctions
- Reduction in flexibility and movement