We practise in a holistic way which considers the WHOLE body when treating a client – this includes the bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles, nerves and more. Hands on techniques are used to align the body’s tissue and bring it back to its natural state.
For example, one session may treat the bones, muscles, and nervous system, meaning no two treatments are the same. This approach takes the time to assess and figure out the cause of the dysfunction, whether it be a joint that’s out of place, soft tissue that needs release or a organ that’s stuck or twisted. As well as the compensations throughout the body as a result of that misalignment.
What could I expect during a treatment?
We begin with a conversation about your overall health and the specific issues you’re facing. Next is a full body assessment, which varies depending on what the issues are. Then the treatment begins which is gentle and could mean you laying on your back, sitting upright, or standing, again depending on the issue.
James is away for year 2 exams in Vancouver @cso_vancouver this week. Did you know it takes 4-5 years of schooling plus an additional research paper or thesis to become a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner ? 🌍
Osteopathic manual therapists believe that abnormal functioning of one area of the body can cause symptoms to present elsewhere in the body, the theory of ‘Tensegrity’. 🌍
When the body is balanced there is no excessive stress anywhere in the body, but when the body becomes out of balance this can be amplified to other areas.
Osteopathic manual therapists regard the whole of the body as greater than a collection of all its parts.They acknowledge the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and seek to support that process by removing any obstacles that impede it.
In order for this to happen osteopathic manual therapists specialize in individualized patients management, which includes educating the patient about their particular condition and how they can adjust their lifestyle to allow themselves the best possible chance recovery or optimal management.
Write up from www.osteopathyalberta.com/what-is-manual-osteopathy/ .
Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the Chakras.
We are excited to share with you excerpts from our Psychosomatic Therapy training based on discovering your Emotional Anatomy. These posts will open up your perspective as you are guided from the Base to the Crown Chakra in relation to the Psychosomatic response and Emotional Anatomy.
The chakras, in Sanskrit, means wheel or disk. A chakra is a spiraling wheel of energy that connects the spiritual or energetic world to the physical world through various major nerve plexus along the spine. Each chakra holds within it an aspect of consciousness and life lessons.
There is a consciousness for survival, pleasure, power and love, and many more.
Consciousness is organised into levels and each level signifies a degree of awakening. The awakening process is guided by the impulses generated by each chakra. For example, the base chakra impulses urge us to survive, belong, and express loyalty to our tribe (family, friends or country). In order to grow in consciousness these impulses must be expressed and fulfilled through the circumstances of our lives.
When impulses are fulfilled on one level of consciousness it is only natural to grow into the expression of the next level. This process is unique to every human. More to be revealed soon, stay tuned or come to the Banff Yoga Festival and learn from Erin's Chakras reading workshop.
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Digestion is complex.
Bloating, constipation, or even diarrhea are all symptoms that your digestive system may not be operating as well as it could be. Our clients are sometime surprised how these symptoms can be resolved with manual work on the abdomen.
Our digestive system works in communication with our neural system called greater and lesser splanchic sympathetic ganglia and also with our celiac ganglia (nerve bundles). The celiac ganglia are located at approximately T12/L1 (12th thoracic vertebra) on the anterior aspect (front of) of the vertebra.
Trauma, accident and difficulties with respiration can affect how these ganglia function and aid in digestion.
Commonly the thoracic diaphragm that attaches at T12/L1, along with our psoas muscle can disturb the communication if they are in spasm, or inflammation. (a great reason to practise your yoga breathing)
This area might be why you are having reoccurring lower back pain, difficulty with resolving your bloating after eating and poor elimination.
We find manual therapy along with lifestyle changes and nutrition create the best results.
We believe that abnormal functioning of one area of the body can cause symptoms to present elsewhere in the body, the theory of ‘Tensegrity’.
When the body is balanced there is no excessive stress anywhere in the body. When the body becomes out of balance this can be amplified to other areas. We regard the whole of the body as greater than a collection of all its parts. We recognize and acknowledge the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and seek to support that process by removing any obstacles that impede it.
In spring we are surrounded by new growth, with budding trees and flowers beginning to bloom. What a perfect metaphor for our own opportunity to grow! As the natural world wakes up around you, what seeds do you wish to plant? What unexpected wonders might they bring your way?
Traditional Chinese Medicine confirms that spring is a time for clearing out. The season of spring is associated with the Liver and Gallbladder organ systems, which govern the flow of our chi (energy), our inner disposition, and our detoxification processes. When our liver chi is unbalanced, we can feel defensive, agitated, angry, and unable to think or act decisively. Healthy liver/gallbladder chi enables us to make plans and put them into action, to follow our path in life and to regain equilibrium when unexpected challenges threaten to knock us off course.
A Healthy liver chi also can connect us to our innate capacity for compassion. Towards ourselves and others. This compassionate approach can help us to recognise and release what no longer serves us, what might be hurting or holding us back, so that we can create space to welcome something new.
As the signs of spring slowly appear, let this be an opportunity for you to refresh and renew your inner landscape. With compassion and lovingkindness, examine some of your habits and patterns, your recurring thoughts and feelings, judgments and expectations. Is there anything that no longer resonates with you, that no longer serves a positive role, that might hold you back as you seek to move forward on your path?
Make room for what is new – new ideas, new adventures, new paths forward. Welcome the new growth and possibility of spring.
As year 3 and year 5 Manual Osteopathic students we recognize a client as an integrated whole. We work to maintain, improve and restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. We believe alignment in the body creates greater function and expression of health.
Our approach to healthcare emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system for health. It is holistic approach taking into consideration the entire body. This gentle hands on approach of treatment to the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and joints), along with the viscera (organs and related tissues) and craniosacral system is based on the belief that the body is capable of healing itself.
We encourage the physiological expression of health through the body's extraordinary ability to self regulate. We are trained to observe and understand how the connection between bones, nerves, joints, myofascial connective tissue and muscles in a specific region can have an influence on other regions of the body.
Hands-on treatments involves mobilization and gentle manipulation of the musculoskeletal, cranio-sacral, and visceral systems as therapeutic tools used to benefit and treat the person as a whole.
Craniosacral therapy is a subtle, hands-on technique which aims to bring increased balance to nervous, digestive, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular body-systems, to name a few. Through feeling and monitoring of the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid, light hand pressure is applied to aid in the release of restrictions. It stimulates healing by using gentle hand pressure to manipulate the skeleton and connective tissues, especially the skull and sacrum (the large, triangular bone at the base of the spinal column). Cranial Sacral is based on the theory that the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, has subtle, rhythmic pulsations that are vital to health and can be detected and modified by a skilled practitioner.
Practitioners of cranial sacral use their hands to gently free up restrictions in the movement of cranial bones and associated soft tissues and to stimulate the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes all the surfaces of the brain and the spinal cord.
Erin and James are currently students of the Canadian School of Osteopathy, after 5 years of study and a research paper they will be Manual Osteopathic Practioners. Erin is in her 5th year and James his 3rd. Manual Osteopathy is a manual therapy that considers the body as a whole in order to prevent, diagnose, and treat dysfunctions in the body. It involves all structures composing the body, and helps restore the body’s naturally healthy state. Manual Osteopathy takes into account the different connections between the systems composing your body: physiological, anatomical, psychological, and environmental.
For example, the loss of mobility of a joint, a muscle, a ligament, or the viscera, can create symptoms elsewhere in the body.
“To find health should be the object of the physician. Anyone can find disease”
-Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, Founder of Osteopathy