Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy that assesses and treats the structures in the body to reduce pain, help with alignment and mobility, and decompress the nerves and blood vessels to all tissues. It uses techniques that mobilize your joints and release restrictions in your fascia, muscles and ligaments. Osteopathy focuses on determining and removing the root cause of the problem to elevate the overall health of your entire body.
Osteopathy provides benefits for acute and chronic conditions, as well as general aches and pains. From headaches, to digestive issues, to knee pain, and anything in between, osteopathy can reduce symptoms and improve healing. It is also great for health and alignment maintenance. An osteopathic assessment can identify imbalances in the body and remove them before they result in aches, pains, or other symptoms. Each treatment is tailored to the specific needs of each patient, so no two treatments are ever the same.
Although osteopathic treatment can overlap with other types of manual therapy, there are a few things that make it quite unique.
First and most importantly is the holistic view of the health of the body. Your practitioner will take into account all systems, all layers, and all parts of the body in their assessment and treatment. This is based on the body being a dynamic unit of function where all parts are connected. One of osteopathy’s goal is to work with the body, with many treatment applications being aimed at calming the nervous system. This allows treatment to be given that is efficient and effective while still being gentle. By relaxing the nervous system, osteopathy has a full body effect on all tissues including muscles, joints, organs, and any pain or dysfunction that may be associated with them.
Osteopathy can also provide incredible support to other treatment modalities, whether through extra soft tissue work before a chiropractic adjustment, or some gentle spinal work after a massage. As well, your osteopathic practitioner can work to improve the passage of blood, nerves, and lymphatic fluid to and from areas that are being worked on in other appointments to ensure your body is getting the most out of each and every treatment. Finally, osteopathy ensures that any changes made to specific parts of the body in other appointments are integrated into the body as a whole, resulting in lasting improvement.