About Manual Osteopathy
"Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature's work. When all parts of the human body are in line, we have health. The work of the osteopath is to adjust the body from the abnormal." - Dr. Still, Founder of Osteopathy
What is Manual Osteopathy?
Manual osteopathy is a natural medicine and science that treats the whole person. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain, improve mobility and restore health and vitality.
A treatment plan is formulated by understanding the relationship between the structure of the body and how well it functions and knowing the connections between all the tissues, fluids, organs and systems of the body.
An osteopathic manual practitioner is educated to examine, diagnose, treat and give prognosis where this relationship between structure and function may be compromised. During treatment, an osteopathic manual practitioner influences the spine and peripheral joints and, in consideration with the above, the fluids, fascia and tissues that complete the human body. We perform gentle movements to organs and joints to improve the biomechanical function of the whole body. Once the mechanical distribution of force and movement is restored, your body has the ability to use its innate ability to heal allowing for reduction in pain and improvement in health.
An osteopathic manual practitioner is present to facilitate and act as the catalyst for your body to return to improved health. Therefore, your osteopath believes that your body has its own innate drive towards health. This refers to your immune system's ability to help protect you from a cold, help you get better after a virus, or heal a wound or fracture.
It is an osteopathic manual practitioner's responsibility to remove the physical barriers that are often in place from previous injuries, occupational postures, physical tensions and previous states of ill health, so that your body's drive for improvement in health is exaggerated and a holistic consideration exists.
Centered Around You
You are an individual with your own story, history, life and future. As osteopaths, our goal is to consult, execute, treat and support you with essential consideration of this.
Osteopathy is composed of a vast range of techniques that your practitioner will use based on what you and your individual health needs require. The osteopath is able to design an individual protocol for treatment for you based on whatever your presenting problem is. No one treatment plan is therefore appropriate for all.
It is the osteopath's ability to consider everything that has led you to this point - why this patient, this problem, at this time - in a systematic way that then allows us to respectively consider the removal and treatment of the restrictions and strains that contributed to your problem.
There is no routine approach; we consider the effect of one area of strain in your body on your individual system and its history. Our Case History Consultation and Examination is developed to help us find the facts that contribute to your injury, posture, illness - your individual status of health.
How Can Manual Osteopathy Help You?
Osteopathy can treat: