What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a patient-centered approach to health guided by the principle that the body is a self-regulating, functional unit in which structure and function are inter-related.
Skilled palpation and a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics are utilized to guide the osteopath to assess and restore balance within and between all the systems of the body; musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, cranial and visceral.
The osteopath uses a wide array of manual approaches to reduce and resolve strains, stress and dysfunction in all areas of the body.
What are the benefits?
The goal is to remove restrictions to vascular, neural and biomechanical mechanisms, restore the equilibrium between structure and function, and ultimately support the natural healing mechanism by promoting autoregulation.
What to expect during a treatment?
The initial session includes a thorough conversation including taking a detailed health history and performing a postural analysis to narrow down the areas which need to be addressed during treatment.
Specific tests and techniques are then performed to remove any restrictions and restore mobility in the affected areas. Techniques are varied and can include some or all of the following:
- myofascial release techniques
- muscle energy
- cranial osteopathy
- osteoarticular (gentle joint mobilization)
Osteopathy treatment is available for all ages.