Osteopathic Manual Therapy and Massage Therapy
Osteopathy: Strengthen vitality, rather than manage disease symptoms
Founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Still, M.D., Osteopathy is a natural approach to health-care based on a key paradigm shift: remove the underlying causes of pain and illness, rather than manage symptoms. This allows the body’s inherent self-healing ability to resume. Symptoms, whether involving pain, restricted movement, digestive distress, fatigue, headaches, stress, etc., often represent the “end of the story”, and can be far removed from the causal factors. There may be several factors contributing to the experienced distress.
The Osteopathic practitioner examines the complex interconnectedness of the whole body’s many systems, as a single unit. A highly trained sense of touch, biomechanical analysis, and other tests are used to identify and correct structural imbalance and other restrictions within the body. When all the body's components are in balance, the body’s self-healing ability is restored, and continues to function without requiring further intervention.
Osteopaths use many types of soft tissue and joint manipulation. Critical consideration is given to help the body's fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) and neural signals flow smoothly. This reduces harmful fluid retention with accompanying waste buildup in the tissues and makes the body's immune system more effective, thus enhancing health.
Osteopathic treatment techniques include:
1. Myofascial, Connective Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapies - returns muscles and fascia to their original length, thus removing strain from joints and organs;
2. Cranial Osteopathy - attends to the underlying biorhythm and motion of the dural membranes and fluid which surround and invest the brain and spinal cord, and which influence cellular exchange throughout the whole body;
3. Visceral Mobilization - relieves stressful forces acting on internal organs or their suspensory ligaments, which improves mobility & blood flow, and helps the organ function more effectively;
4. Osteoarticular corrections - gentle realignment of bony joints to encourage efficient weight bearing and movement, and normalize associated function;
5. Muscle Energy Technique - relaxes tight muscles and reeducates the nervous system, which both controls muscle activity and greatly influences circulation.
Who can benefit from Osteopathy?
- People of all ages suffering with digestive disorders, or chronic illness
- Anyone with repetitive strain injuries, or post-accident
- Newborns, infants, toddlers; children of all ages