It is a method of evaluation and analysis of the musculoskeletal, fascia, visceral, circulatory, neurological and cranial systems. Osteopathy is a manual therapy with the intention of restoring the normal function to the body in the form of mobilty. The Osteopathic Practitioner evaluates the physical body assessing the restricted mobility that may be the result of injury, physical trauma, illness, stress, and the repetitive strains of daily life.
Osteopathy supports the philosophy that the body has an natural ability to self regulate. This ability is maintained by the unimpeded circulation and integration of all the body’s systems, structures and fluids. The obstructions of these mechanisms are the focus of the osteopathic evaluation and treatment.
What is an osteopathic treatment?
In a typical treatment the Osteopathic Practitioner will begin with a brief interview of the patient. The interview lets the patient communicate the concerns for their health and the symptoms they are experiencing. This is followed by a Osteopathic evaluation and treatment.
The Osteopathic Practitioner will begin mobilizing your physical structure using their knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology. The goal of any Osteopathic treatment is to improve mobility within, and integrate the various anatomical systems. The Osteopathic Practitioner has many tools to achieve this goal and which tool the practitioner uses is dependant on the problem that presents itself.
The Osteopathic practitioner will use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and precise palpation to evaluate and treat the primary causes of dysfunction and to determine a specific treatment plan.
The treatment plan will be directed towards restoring the body’s circulation, the mobility of the different tissues, and the integration within all the systems of the living person. This encourages the self-regulation and healing process.
What are the benefits of Osteopathy?
Osteopathic treatment can be used to effectively reduce pain, and maintain the proper function of your body.
Address Chronic pain
If you suffer from chronic pain, your osteopathic practitioner will use a thorough evaluation in order to understand the primary causes of chronicity (compensation from apparently resolved previous injuries, surgeries, repetitive strain etc.).
If you are recovering from a trauma or acute condition then osteopathy can be used to reduce the injury from leaving a lasting effect and, providing resilience for the possibility of injury in the future.
We work with other practitioners to maintain optimum health
The osteopathic practitioner aims is to work in conjunction with your medical practitioner, dentist, podiatrist (podorthist), naturopath or other health professional to maintain a broad spectrum of health.
Our patients are using osteopathy for:
- Chronic pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder conditions
- Repetitive occupational strains
- Head Trauma and Concussions
- Postural conditions
- Sports injures and performance
- Physical trauma
- Post surgery conditions
- Muscular, joint stiffness, and pain.
- Motor vehicle accident injury
Other conditions that may benefit from osteopathy:
- Upper respiratory conditions such as asthma and other respiratory ailments.
- Symptoms associated with pregnancy i.e. back or pelvic pain
- Menstrual symptoms
- Symptoms with newborns and adolescents
- Digestive disorders
Frequently Asked Questions
Is osteopathy painful?
Rarely, osteopathy uses gentle palpation to evaluate and treat physical dysfunction.
Is it covered by my work’s health plan?
Most extended insurance plans cover all or a portion of osteopathic treatment. Please consult your broker if you are not sure.
Can my child be treated? How old do you have to be?
Yes, osteopathic treatment is suitable for all ages.
What sort of attire should I wear to my appointment?
We ask you to dress down. We prefer that you wear two pieces of clothing. Sports bra and shorts for women, comfort style clothing, shorts for men, no denim.
Will I be sore after treatment?
There is a possibility that you can experience soreness after treatment. This generally happens after your first visit. The soreness should not last more than two days.
What happens if I am late or miss my appointment?
We have booked this time for you, and require 24 hours notice of the time of your appointment for cancellation or the full cost of the treatment will be charged.