Nanaimo Manual Osteopathy
We are Students of the Canadian College of Osteopathy(CCO) a 5 year curriculum.
As Manual Osteopathy students we recognize a patient 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 self regulation. A fundamental belief of osteopathy is that alignment in the body creates greater function and expression of health. Manual Osteopathy approach to healthcare emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system for health. It is holistic approach taking into consideration the entire body. This is a 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. Manual Osteopathy aids in restoring the circulatory and neuromuscular systems by examining the relationship between structure and function of the whole body.
As Nanaimo Osteopathic Manual Therapy students, our approach is based on encouraging 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 with our Nanaimo osteopathic manual therapy approach 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.
Manual Osteopathy is a safe and effective approach to health care. Through gentle manipulations we enhance the body’s wellbeing.
We do not diagnose or practice medicine, nor do we attempt to treat disease. Osteopathic Manual Therapy techniques utilize a hands-on approach to alleviate tension and remove restrictions in our body’s system to help improve pain, circulation and mobility. If you are concerned about any medical pathology and /or disease, always consult your physician prior to exploring Osteopathic Manual Therapy.
We specialize in working one-on-one with people of all ages especially:
People who suffer from old injuries that have not completely recovered, chronic pain, and nagging aches and pains.
People who are actively involved in improving their personal health and quality of life. These are people who come to manage chronic issues and to prevent future flare-ups.
People who have sustained an injury while playing a sport or being physically active. Often who may not have found relief with conventional physiotherapy, chiropractic or other forms of treatment and want to try a different approach.
Manual osteopathy can assist in:
Discover and treat the underlying cause of discomfort
Symptoms of chronic discomfort
Healing though sports injuries
Pre/post natal care
Reduce discomfort and stiffness in muscles and joints
Increase the range of motion in the joints
Relieve chronic discomfort
Decrease stress on the joints
Soft tissue injuries
What to expect in your session:
We begin with a complete health history and discussion of the problem areas and your goals.
After a full assessment of gait, posture, mobility and motility we create a treatment plan.
What should you bring for your session:
Comfortable unrestrictive clothing. Yoga wear is ideal.
What is the difference between a Manual Osteopath and Doctor of Osteopathy?
A Doctor of Osteopathy is a medical physician. They prescribe medications, order required laboratory or diagnostic procedures, perform surgery and some manually treat their patients. Manual Osteopath are strictly manual therapist with no medical background.
Both Manual and Medical Osteopaths are trained to balance and adjust the body, to help overcome dysfunction and illness.
What level of training is required to become an Osteopathic Manual Therapist?
All skilled manual osteopathic therapists have completed a 4-5 year Bachelors, Masters or Diploma degree in Osteopathy.
These are the guidelines set by the World Health Organization in 2010.
Do Osteopathic practitioners do Craniosacral therapy?
The foundations of Craniosacral therapy have their origins in Osteopathy. Beginning in the early 1900s, the American Osteopath William Garner Sutherland extended Osteopathic principles into the cranial system. He pointed out that this extension was already part of Osteopathy as laid out by its discoverer, Andrew Taylor Still. Sutherland and his students remarked that the movement of the cranial mechanism was not only limited to the cranial-sacral axis, but extended throughout the entire body. After Sutherland’s passing, individuals within the Osteopathic community taught cranial-specific techniques as a separate therapy.
How many treatments are recommended ?
Depending on whether your condition is chronic (occurring for longer than 3 months), acute (occurring less than 3 months ago). While every individual case in unique, acute conditions usually improve in 1-5 visits. Chronic conditions duration are based case-by-case.