Osteopathy is a manual therapy using gentle techniques to support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health and balance by using skilled palpation and manual techniques using a whole bodied approach.
An Osteopathic Practitioner is a detective of the human form, that approaches the body as a whole functional unit.
This gives the practitioner the ability to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs all which are connected together via the fascia.
Osteopathy can treat but is not limited to:
- Digestive discomfort
- Pre/post natal support
- Pelvic floor dysfunction (incontinence, or menstruation pain)
- Scar tissue from surgery or injury
- Concussion/ Migraines/ Headaches
- Neck pain and back pain
- Repetitive use injuries
- Soft tissue injury
- Circulatory issues (edema, lymphatic flow)
- Respiratory issues (asthma, COPD, COVID scaring)
- The nervous system such as from emotional or physical trauma (sleep or energy issues)
Osteopathy is drug and surgery free
It optimizes the body’s ability to heal itself and achieve balance.
- Pain relief
- Increased range of motion
- Increased circulation
- Trauma healing
- Hormonal balance
- Decreased stress and tension
- Improved posture
What does a treatment look like?
The Osteopathic Practitioner use only their hands. It is a gentle approach that involves dialoguing with the patient’s tissues and manipulating them in a way that guides them back into alignment with gentle ease and support from the surrounding tissues. During your appointment, that may involve you standing, sitting, or laying on your front, back or side. You will remain dressed at all times, and we please ask that you come in relaxed clothing so that you can move freely and not feel restricted in your clothing.
The osteopath at any given time may have their hands on your abdomen, head, back, feet, legs, shoulders, arms. The movements can be small and still, or the Practitioner may manipulate and move limbs and joints to help gain range of motion.
Each treatment your practitioner with ask for informed consent. If there is an area you wish not to be treated, your practitioner will respect your consent at all times.
Osteopathy should leave you relaxed and calm at the end of the treatment. Many people report 2-3 days after a treatment feeling the positive effects, as the body unwinds and finds a new way of being within a more balanced structure. Treatments can be spaced as close as 10 days apart, or whenever the patient feels they need a “tune up”.
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