Osteopathy is a manual (hands-on), gentle, holistic approach to treatment and embraces the concept of the interdependence of body, mind, and spirit in the healing process. It uses drug-free, non-invasive manipulation of the musculoskeletal framework to improve overall health and physical function. The goal of Osteopathy is to restore the body’s normal homeostasis enabling the body to defend and heal itself. Osteopathy is a total system of medical care that believes in the following osteopathic principles: The body is a unit, synergy between structure and function and that the body possesses a self-regulatory and self-healing mechanism. It does not focus on just one problem area but focuses on balancing all the body systems to support the particular problematic issue.
What Can a Manual Osteopath Treat?
A Manual Osteopath can relieve and treat many different conditions and issues. Just a few conditions and issues Manual Osteopaths can treat are:
- Acute and Chronic Pain Injuries
- Sports injuries- tendonitis, and muscle and ligament strains/sprains
- Frozen Shoulder, Rotator cuff problems and shoulder impingement syndromes
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Herniated Disk
- Bursitis Hips or Sciatic Pain
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Tailbone pain
- Torticollis or Neck Pain
- Fertility and Gynaecological Disorders
- Digestive Disorders- such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, & acid reflux
- Geriatric Conditions
- Paediatric Conditions
Muscle Energy Techniques
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a form of manual therapy, which uses the muscle’s own energy in the form of isometrics to relax and lengthen muscles. In contrary, static stretching does not require the individual to engage in any work; MET requires the patient to actively participate in the movements engaged by the practitioner. Like many other forms of osteopathic treatment techniques, Muscle Energy Technique (MET) has been used as a successful osteopathic technique for many years. It aims to improve activity tolerance rather than merely providing symptomatic relief, helping the patient to regain functional independence.
Mobilization Techniques (MOBS)
It is a passive movement, the goal of which is to produce a slide or glide. Mobilizations are usually completed at slow speed, sometimes with oscillations, and even with a “hold” or stretch. The purpose of Mobilizations is to restore joint play that has been lost due to injury or disease.
The goal of Cranial Osteopathy is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance and optimal neuro-vascular flow surrounding the Central Nervous System and all its autonomic centers. The practitioner gently works with the spine, cranial sutures, skull, and fascia by using the hands as their primary tools. A study reports that Cranial Osteopathy is effective for decreasing pain and associated use of narcotics, improving functional status and decreasing symptoms.
Craniosacral Therapy works by:
- Restoring normal cranial mobility
- Eases restricted or impinged nerves in the cranium
- Releases abnormal myofascial restrictions
- Releases abnormal restrictions in the head
- Re-aligns bones in the cranium, neck, and back
Craniosacral therapy can help with conditions such as:
- Concussions/Post-Concussive Symptoms
- Many Pain Syndromes
- Gross and Fine Motor Problems
- Vertigo and Tinnitus
- Muscle and Joint Pain/Injury
- Learning Disabilities such as ADD/ADHD
Visceral Osteopathy assists functional and structural imbalances in the different organ system of the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. Visceral Osteopathy releases adhesion and restrictions surrounding the specific organs of the body. It would also help revitalize a person and help relieve symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
Visceral Manipulation is beneficial for conditions such as:
- Gynecological Conditions
- Disorders in the Liver and Kidneys
- Chronic Headaches
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Varicose Veins
Soft Tissue Release Therapy
Soft tissue mobilization is a common technique used in many practices from physiotherapy to Osteopathy. It employs a passive, gentle movement of the musculofascial elements such as muscles, fascia, and tendons in order to restore mobility, range of motion, and decrease pain. Soft tissue mobilization may help restore independent mobility of muscles, fascia and skin in the areas of facial thickening and binding that occurs in response to deformity and injury. Soft tissue release also helps break up muscle knots and adhesions, while relaxing the affected muscles. It also improves blood circulation, lymphatic circulation, and stimulates stretch reflexes in the muscles.