Osteopathic techniques which involve refined and specific manual therapy based on anatomical and physiological connections within the body are applied to each patient in a unique way.

Osteopathic techniques:

  • Visceral – working with internal organs
  • Cranial – working with bones, membranes and fluid systems within the brain
  • Fascial – working with connective tissue systems
  • Musculoskeletal – working with joints and muscles

This therapy is an exceptionally holistic (whole-body) approach to health care. Osteopaths concentrate not only on curing the problematic area, but use manual methods to balance all the systems of the body to ensure overall good health and well-being.

Basically, all health conditions may require a visit to an osteopathic manual therapist. Some of the common conditions are below:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck and back pain
  • Lumbar radiculopathy, joint pain, traumatic injury and overuse injuries
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Pregnancy and postpartum depression
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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a non-invasive form of manual therapy that improves one’s health by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.

An osteopathic physician focuses on treating joints, muscles and the spine. This form of therapy also aims to improve the body’s nervous, lymphatic and circulatory systems. They do not target just one area of the body – they use manual techniques to balance all the body systems to promote good overall health and wellbeing.

Some of the techniques used in osteopathic therapy include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance, known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.

What to Expect

Before any active treatment takes place, you will need to meet with the physician for an initial consultation. During the consultation, the osteopathic physician will review the patient’s health problems, listen carefully and take notes. This session should last roughly 45 minutes.

During the physical examination, the physician will make an analysis of the patient’s posture and mobility based on the patient demonstrating simple stretches and movements. They will also assess the health of the patient’s joints, ligaments and tissues, using a technique of touch called palpation. Then, the physician will offer a customized treatment plan for the patient.
Multiple sessions may be required, depending on the patient’s response.

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Benefits of Osteopathic Therapy

  • Osteopathy and Back pain
    Osteopathic therapy is a popular treatment option for individuals experiencing back pain. The gentle and subtle manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues can provide significant relief. However, osteopathic therapy can also be used as a preventive measure. By keeping the muscles and soft tissues healthy, the likelihood of developing back pain is greatly reduced.
  • Osteopathy and Sleep
    Osteopathic therapy has been shown to have a number of benefits, including the reduction of sleeplessness and insomnia resulting from chronic pain.
  • Other Body Systems
    There are many benefits to osteopathic therapy, especially when it comes to the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. This type of therapy can help to improve body function and overall health. Some osteopathic techniques may enhance lymphatic health and bring about internal improvements in the body without needing invasive surgical treatment. This is due to the fact that osteopathic treatments can positively impact the nervous system, which then has a positive domino effect on the other systems mentioned.

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