As the practice of manual osteopathy is still unregulated in British Columbia, it is important to know what your practitioner brings to the table.
OBC members must have graduated from a full-time program of osteopathic study lasting at LEAST FOUR YEARS or having graduated from a program with equivalent comprehensive osteopathic training. This means that all OBC members have the training to safely offer osteopathic care to you.
Learn more about the OBC standards of practice through the link in our bio.
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Not all Osteopathic Manual Therapist have the same education!
Make sure you asked if your osteopathic manual therapist is a member of the AAOMT. Osteopathic manual therapists are NOT regulated in Canada. Education can range from a few weeks online to 5 years in-class with hands on training with a research paper.
When in doubt. Check AAOMT.org or for BC www.osteopathybc.ca
Book an appointment with osteopathic manual therapist near you:
https://www.aaomt.org/find-a-member Alberta & www.osteopathybc.ca/member-map British Columbia
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Osteopathy can help with...
General Anxiety Disorder
"Osteopathic manipulative therapy may be a valuable adjunct to conventional therapy in patients with General Anxiety Disorder"
Repost from from Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. osteopathyontario.org
Osteopathic manual practitioners (OMPs) work to maintain, improve and restore the normal physiological function of body structures and systems, which enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Osteopathic manual care can help manage chronic or acute pain of the pelvis, low back, knee, shoulders, jaw and neck. OMPs can support your recovery post-injury or post-surgery. Osteopathic manual care can reduce tension that may contribute to complaints like respiratory difficulties, headaches, digestive irregularities and sinus pain. Our goal is to help you return to health and normal activities.
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𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗰 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗿?
When searching for an Osteopathic Practitioner, there are a few things you should know:
Osteopathy is not yet regulated in BC (although we are working on it!) and as such, it is important to verify that your practitioner meets certain criteria such as:Having graduated from a program that meets or exceeds the World Health Organization's benchmarks for training in osteopathy (which refers to "in-person" training with a focus on practical, hands on learning rather than online training)
Following a Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of Practice
Having professional liability insurance
Being part of a provincial association that is affiliated with the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO)
Regularly pursuing continuing education studies
OsteopathyBC takes all the guesswork out of finding an Osteopathic Practitioner as all of our members are required to meet and follow the above criteria.
You know you’re in good hands with OsteopathyBC.
Visit our website through the link in our bio to find an Osteopathic Practitioner in your area
Osteopathy AlbertaVisceral techniques in osteopathy helps with…
neck pain and range of motion
“This study demonstrated that a single visceral mobilisation session for the stomach and liver reduces cervical pain and increases the amplitude of the EMG signal of the UT muscle immediately and 7 days after treatment in patients with nonspecific neck pain and functional dyspepsia.”
What is the difference between a Osteopathic Practitioners & Osteopathic Physicians?
First off, let's begin with the similarities. The training of osteopaths (called Osteopathic Practitioners within BC) and osteopathic physicians have the same origin - in the work of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD. From early in the 20th century, however, these two fields were evolving differently.
As the name indicates, osteopathic physicians are medical doctors. As such, they are trained to prescribe drugs, perform surgery, deliver babies, and to have the prerequisites to specialize in other branches of medicine. Osteopathic physicians are almost exclusively trained in the USA.
Osteopaths (or Osteopathic Practitioners within BC) are not MDs, they are not trained in allopathic medicine but purely osteopathic manual treatment. Osteopaths are trained in many countries, all over the world.
Worldwide osteopaths (or Osteopathic Practitioners within BC) have a very comprehensive practical training in what has come to be known as Osteopathic Manual Therapy. It is this manual practice or manipulation which was most distinctive about the founder of osteopathy, (Dr. Still) methods, and it is the wide range of manual practice approaches that evolved from Still's principles which forms the core of Osteopathy.
Both streams of osteopathy are recognized by the osteopathic international alliance (OIA) which represents 75,000 osteopathic practitioners and osteopathic physicians from more than 20 different countries worldwide.
Members of OsteopathyBC use the title ‘Osteopathic Practitioner” in British Columbia to make it very clear that we are not physicians and to conform with the law.
James has completed his 4th year osteopathic studies. His treatment fees will be $120 including gst July 1, 2021.
Erin has defended her Thesis and completed her Osteopathic studies her fees will be $130 including gst June 15 , 2021.
Sisu: a Finnish concept of resilience that can be helpful in stressful times. It means the ability to adapt to recover from change or misfortune and never giving up, no matter what you’re going through. Resilience isn’t just a way to get through tough stuff though it is considered to be a key foundation of mental health and well-being. Sisu is energy is determination in the face of adversities that are more demanding than usual. It's about reaching beyond what we think we are capable of physical, emotional and mentally. Sisu is a power that comes from within.
‘Extraordinary courage and determination in the face of adversity. It’s about not seeing a silver lining in the clouds, and yet jumping into the storm anyways. At the core of sisu is the idea that in each of us there is more strength than meets the eye.’ – Emilia Lahti
There are many ways to practice yin, there is no absolute one way. These are ways/concepts that are helpful for me and I hope assist you as well.
When to practice:
Anatomically we are targeting deeper connective tissue. Some practitioners believe early in the day is ideal, as your muscle are cool, I personally prefer after a light/or vigorous asana or at the end of my day to help wind down for sleep.
Playing with your edge:
When you enter a yin pose it is ideal to go to a depth where you begin to feel sensation or resistance in the body. Don't go as deeply as you can immediately, rather ease in. After 30 second to a minute you can go deeper after you give your body time to acclimate. The body gently opens and invites you deeper into the pose when supported in this way. Drop your expectation on how the pose should look, it's really about how it feels. Use as many props as helps your body to feel comfortable with the uncomfortable. We encourage muscle to melt away from bone allowing time and gravity to evolve the pose rather than effort. If you are hyper mobile you can play with subtle muscle engagement to protect your joints and ideally only go to 30-40 % of your end range.
Sensations we are looking for:
Stretching, squeezing, elongation, twisting or dull ache. We are very mindful to not have: Pain, sharp, burning, electric shooting, numbness or tingling. Those are signs to find an alternative variation, use more props or to take rest instead.
Resolve to be still.
Once you find an appropriate edge, it's time to settle into the pose without moving. Stillness in the body means the muscle aren't activated and the therapeutic stress can go to the yin tissues appropriately. Stillness in the breath can be very different from one practitioner to the next. Some prefer to have a longer exhale for the first few posture to help settle into the practice (option to use counting eg. inhale to 4 exhale to 5), while other enjoy a light ujjayi breath or a completely unforced breath. Stillness in the mind is greatly helped by calming our breathing. Keeping our body still can help calm the breath so these 3 elements are closely linked.
Hold for a time:
For some practitioners 1 min holds are ideal while others prefer 3 min , 5 min or up to 20 min postures. It is the slow gentle traction over a longer period of time that benefits yin tissues.
Everybody is unique and so are their tissues. The appropriate stress comes down to the tolerance level of that tissue. We stress tissue then rest to allow it to recover. Many practitioners find its not depth of the posture but rather the longer holding time that offer the most benefit.
Starting your practice by reminding yourself of why can be helpful. For some it is to enhance their health and well-being, to assist aging more gracefully, to slow down or to feel more connected with your body the reasons are numerous.
Meditation or mindful focus:
Set the foundations for equanimity. Noticing how the body is without judgement.
Either sitting or laying down notice the room around you, the sounds, the scents, the temperature.
Focus on the quality and depth the breath without changing it initially.
Allow your awareness to settle into the lower belly, observe sensations here. Start to deepen the breath having a longer exhale then inhale and notice how this changes this area of the body,
Move the focus to the level of the heart and check in with the state of emotions.
Shift the awareness to the point between the eyes, observe thoughts that arise. Without trying to stop them simply watch them come and go.
If the mind is active it is helpful to give it a task like focusing on the lower belly and longer exhale then inhale for the first few postures before allowing the breath to be natural and broadening the focus to sensation found in the body, thoughts as they arise and their changing nature.
Wishing you lovely yin practises.
From the heart and mind of Multidimensional Health