WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is a drug free, non-invasive form of manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems. Treatment entails gentle mobilizations of all joints and soft tissues throughout the body that aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, endocrine, vascular, and lymphatic systems.
Osteopathic Practitioners use a variety of principle based manual techniques to reduce or remove restrictions and balance asymmetry in order to help restore normal physiological function of the body. Techniques such as myofascial release, muscle energy, oscillatory osteoarticular release, strain-counterstain, cranial-sacral, and ligamentous articular release are used collectively throughout treatment.
Restrictions/obstructions can be found with mal-alignment of bones, contracture of muscles, fascial restriction, laxity of ligaments, organ dysfunction, compression or tension in nerves, arteries, veins, and lymphatics. When one experiences stress, physical or emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia that surrounds all structures of the body, loses its pliability, it becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body.
Osteopathic treatment is meant to be relaxing and inhibitory. Without the use of high velocity or aggressive adjustment, treatment appeals to the nervous system, allowing the body to integrate the correction. This leads to longer lasting results while increasing the patients vitality, and placing the patient in a better position for the body to self-heal and self-regulate. Various treatment approaches help to ease pain, reduce swelling, reduce tissue tension, and promote healing.
Each rendered treatment is specific and unique to each individual. The goal of treatment includes improving quality of life, reducing symptom expression and speeding the restoration of normal function while reducing the impact of illness on home and work life.
Founder of Osteopathy, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still