What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a complete system of health care emphasizing a whole person approach to medicine. It 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.
Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800s by physician and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still in USA. Still discovered 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 as he found medical treatment harmful at that time. By the 1890s he set up a first Osteopathy college and his ideas of holistic approach began.
Osteopathic treatment involves using the hands for complete and sophisticated diagnose and treatment. Orthopedic and other manual tests and techniques are used to find and treat the root causes of dysfunction It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopathic practitioners primarily focus on restoring optimal functioning to bones, muscles, fascia, nerves and organs. Once balance has been achieved within the organism, the patient’s symptoms are relieved.
Manual Osteopaths include in session 3 major methods of treatment – Structural, Craniosacral and Visceral manipulation.
Structural osteopathy is a physical hands on treatment involving fascia manipulation, muscle stretching and joint mobilization. After initial diagnosis of restrictions and a treatment plan then the actual treatment becomes very specific and directed to the tissues maintaining that problem. 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. Palpation is what makes manual osteopathy different from other forms of therapy.
Benefits of structural treatments are:
Reducing pain and stiffness in joints and muscles – osteoarthritis, trigger points
Increasing joint range of motion
Treating spinal injuries
Reliving chronic headaches, neck, back and shoulder pain
Craniosacral Osteopathy (CST) is the gentlest osteopathic technique developed by an American osteopathic physician, Dr. William Sutherland almost one hundred years ago. Treatment provides a non-obtrusive manipulation within the Cranial Sacral area to calm, relax and heal using cranial-sacral balancing. The dural tube filled with Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF)passes out of the base of the skull, attaches to the first three cervical vertebrae, and continues down the spinal cord where it finally attaches to the sacrum. Primary function of CSF is to cushion the brain within the skull and serve as a shock absorber for the Central Nervous System. CSF also circulates nutrients and chemicals filtered from the blood and removes waste products from the brain. Craniosacral therapy can have a profound effect on the body by improving the circulation of all body fluids, calming the nervous system and removing patterns of strain anywhere in the body. Do to gentle approach CST is recommended for children.
Craniosacral therapy is beneficial for:
Chronic headaches, TMJ syndrome
Learning disabilities, ADHD
Stress disorders, insomnia, vertigo
Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy
Menstruation conditions, hormonal imbalances
Sacro-iliac joint ( SI ) pain
Visceral Manipulation (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 the viscera and the connective tissue that surround each of the body’s organ systems. 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. It has been proved that certain organs are related to emotional activities (spleen to pensiveness, kidney to fear) and pain ( liver to right shoulder, kidney to lower back, gallbladder to right scapula, stomach to left cervical spine ).
VM can benefit: