Osteopathy emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the human body. It follows a belief in the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate. Osteopathic practitioners don’t see themselves as healers, but instead as facilitators to health.
1) CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY – addresses the vitality and mobility of the dural membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which nourish and protect the brain and spinal cord and influence nutrient exchange at a cellular level throughout the entire body.
2) MYOFASCIAL and CONNECTIVE tissue therapy – treats restrictions of the muscles, fascia and connective tissues, normalizing these important structural tissues.
3) OSTEO-ARTICULAR CORRECTIONS – gentle manipulation of joints which relieve restriction and restore proper motion.
By positively affecting and balancing the nervous system, which is in close relationship with all of the other systems of the body, manual osteopathy can be very helpful in the resolution of many conditions.
In addition to techniques for the nervous system, there are many other tools that manual osteopaths use to work with the musculoskeletal system, as well as the visceral system.
The following is a limited list of conditions that may respond favorably to manual osteopathic treatment:
Yes, manual osteopathy can complement other therapeutic approaches like massage therapy and acupuncture very well.
In your first session, you can expect to go over your health history with the manual osteopath as well as having a discussion about what your needs are. An assessment will be done, which includes observation of posture and tests to determine where treatment will be most indicated. With the remaining time, a treatment will be given. In subsequent appointments, there will be a quick assessment (in order to see what changes have occurred and again, to guide the process), and more time will be spent on treatment, which can take place with you sitting, lying face up, face down, or on your side.
Ideally, for the assessment (and possibly for the treatment) shorts or loose/stretchy pants are worn, and if you are comfortable, a sports bra (for women) and no shirt (for men). Your comfort is very important however, so if you are not okay with disrobing, accommodations will be made. There is a blanket and heating pad handy so you will not be chilled.