What is osteopathic manual therapy ?
To be very brief, osteopathy is a holistic form of healing which means an osteopath 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.
How is manual osteopathy different from other medical services like massage, physio or chiro?
Let look at the similarities: all these approaches aim to assist discomfort and disfunction in the body. Each modality has its specific focus and can be extremely effective in restoring the body’s function. Manual osteopathy biggest difference is that the approach looks at the body as a whole unit. For example, one session may treat the bones, muscles, and nervous system, meaning no two treatments are the same. A manual osteopath 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 manual osteopathy 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.