Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that utilizes the body’s natural ability to self-heal and self-regulate. The body is treated as a dynamic unit of function, and the treatment is aimed at finding the root cause of the pain or discomfort.
Manual Osteopathic Practitioners are educated and trained to work exclusively without the use of drugs or surgery by using manual methods for structural assessment and treatment. This is the predominant method of education worldwide (except the U.S.A.) and it is currently present in Canada. An Osteopathic Practitioner in this context is different from an Osteopathic Physician.
Manual Osteopathy is beneficial during times of stress and injury, but it can also be useful in supporting the body for optimal wellness. Treatment addresses the musculoskeletal system but also considers the nervous system, fluid systems, and every unique patient’s health and life experience. It is a drug-tree, non-invasive therapy which can be effective on its own or in combination with physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic treatment.
Osteopathy is completely about anatomy and physiology of the human body and how the two are interrelated. Since these are the guiding principles of Osteopathy, every treatment is uniquely tailored to the patient. Therapists use hands-on manipulation to align joints, bones, and muscles to assist in helping bodily fluids, including lymph and blood, flow without obstruction. Visceral/organ function is addressed, improving digestive, respiratory, vascular, nervous, and musculoskeletal bodily systems.
▷ Acute/chronic pain
▷ Muscular tension and spasms
▷ Digestive issues
▷ Postural imbalances
▷ Nerve pain and dysfunction (e.g., sciatic nerve pain)
▷ Circulatory issues