OSTEOPATHY : Restoring Your Body Balance
Osteopathy is based on the principle that are crucial for well being – the good health and harmonious interrelation of skeleton, muscles, ligaments, organs and connective tissue.
In the late 1800s Dr. Andrew Taylor Still realized that in order to achieve positive changes in health, all body parts should work harmoniously together as a one unit. His goal was to restore the body to optimum health with minimal surgery and medicine. By the 1890s he set up a first Osteopathy college and his ideas of holistic approach began.
Why to choose Osteopathy to help you with pain ?
The body is often able to take care of itself, to compensate for injury. However, in some instances, the injury is greater than the body’s ability to adapt or heal.
In Osteopathic treatment we use hands for complete diagnose and treatment. Orthopedic and other manual tests and techniques are used to find and treat the root causes. It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Our primarily focus in treatments are restoring optimal functioning to bones, muscles, fascia, nerves and organs when treating acute or chronic pain.
Manual Osteopaths include in session 3 major methods of treatment – Structural, Craniosacral and Visceral manipulation.
It is a physical hands on treatment involving fascia manipulation, muscle stretching and joint mobilization. In a session we use variety techniques as are strain/country strain technique, balanced ligamentous tension technique, muscle energy technique (MET) and others. These techniques are gentle, safe, painless and very effective. Manual osteopaths develop a very sensitive sense of touch to master osteopathic palpation. That is what makes manual osteopathy different from other forms of therapy.
Some of the benefits we can help you with structural treatment include:
- Reducing acute and chronic pain and stiffness in joints and muscles
- Helping with joint osteoarthritis, trigger points, tendinitis / tendinopathy / tendinosis
- Spinal problems resulting from poor posture or spinal disk injuries
- Increasing range of motion in joints
- Improving posture alignment
- Reliving acute and chronic headaches and migraine
- Reducing scars and adhesions
- Helping with trauma resulting from accidents (Sport injuries, Motor vehicle injuries)
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
CST is the gentlest osteopathic technique developed by founder of Osteopathy. It’s a non invasive type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head that are connected by sutures, sacrum and spinal column.
Treatment provides a very gentle manipulation within the Cranial Sacral area to calm, relax and heal. Craniosacral therapy can have a profound effect on the body by improving the circulation of all body fluids. Especially cerebro – spinal fluid ( CSF ) that protects spinal cord and brain and brings nutrition to our brain. Another benefit is calming the nervous system and removing patterns of strain anywhere in the body. Duo to the gentle approach CST is recommended for babies and children. For more info please click here.
What conditions do we treat with Craniosacral Therapy?
- Chronic headaches, migraines, TMJ syndrome, birth traumas
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Learning disabilities, ADHD, stress disorders, insomnia, vertigo, anxiety and depression
- Menstruation conditions, hormonal imbalances, sacro-iliac joint ( SI ) pain
- Sinus infection, whiplash, fibromyalgia , Fascial adhesions, post concussion syndrom
What can you experience during a CST treatment session?
Most our clients feel a general sense of relaxation. Experiences during a CST session are as individual as the clients and practitioners themselves. Experiences can even vary from session to session. At times our client may feel very sleepy or may see colours. Others will feel sensations within the body such as tingling, hot and cold, pins and needles, pulsations, a stretching of tissues in particular parts of the body, increased fluid flow or increased energy flow.
Visceral Manipulation ( VM )
VM is a hands on therapy based on the principle that organs have mobility in response to the body moving and natural functions. This technique employs gentle touch that alleviate tension by encouraging the normal mobility, tone and motion of our organs. The visceral system includes the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, stomach, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, uterus, bladder, pancreas and intestines. If organs can not freely move, adhesions and displacement can occur leading to pain, dysfunction and poor posture.
Some of Visceral Manipulation’s benefits include:
- Sciatica, neck, back and hip pain
- Headaches and migraine
- Women’s health problems
- Digestive problems, less bloating
- Swallowing difficulties
- Incontinence problems
- Increasing immunity
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Acid reflux
Can osteopathy help my lower back pain?
Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons our clients are coming to see our Osteopathic practitioners. It can effectively bring relief of pain without using pain medication or surgical options.
The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely we can prevent your condition from becoming chronic. Beyond fixing your current back pain, our Manual Osteopaths will also provide you with proper corrective exercise and stretching to improve posture and alignment.
How is Osteopathy different than Chiropractic treatment or Physiotherapy?
There are arguably more similarities than differences between these 3 professions. Both Osteopathy and Physiotherapy treat musculoskeletal pain and use hands-on treatments. In addition, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors all trains extensively in anatomy, physiology and pathology. The main feature of chiropractic treatment that sets it apart from physiotherapy and osteopathy is its focus on manipulation. Chiropractors focus more on treating skeletal system and their treatments are significantly shorter.
Despite their differences in philosophy and treatment, the aim of both Osteopathy and Physiotherapy is to relieve pain. While osteopathic treatment is 90% hands-on, the majority of physiotherapists use a 60% hands-on approach. Physiotherapy treatment will focus on mobilising the site of injury rather than the ‘whole body’ approach of our Osteopathic practitioners.
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