What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic therapy that improves overall health through the musculoskeletal system. By manipulating and strengthening the system, an osteopath works to support the body’s natural capacity to heal itself. Osteopathy is a complimentary therapy. Practitioners are qualified medical doctors who focus on joints, muscles, and the spine. To treat patients, osteopaths use hands-on techniques that involve spinal manipulation, stretching, muscle resistance, and massage. They do these to improve the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic symptoms, and correct altered biomechanics. Osteopaths don't stop there, however. They may also advise on diet, exercise and lifestyle adjustments, as well. After all, their goal is to provide complete health, not just alleviate symptoms. 

How does it work?

There are several approaches osteopaths take to carry out your treatment. Structural techniques involve gentle manipulation of your joints, bones, ligaments, and muscles. The aim of these manipulations is to correct dysfunction and restore balance to your body. Some structural techniques seek to treat connective tissue or fascia. Problems arise when fascia loses its elasticity. On the other hand, visceral osteopathy deals with the state of your gut and other internal organs. Aside from your stomach, the osteopath will also explore issues in your heart, lungs, air tract, your colon, and bladder. In women, they will check the reproductive system, as well. The ultimate goal here is to ease any tension in your organs that may be affecting your overall health. Another aspect of osteopathy covers your skull, the central nervous system, and cerebrospinal fluid. These link the mind to the rest of the body. That's why osteopaths need to ease any dysfunction in them so you can achieve holistic healing. 

What can you expect from a session?

Any treatment begins only after the osteopath has your medical history. They'll talk to you about any medical problems you are having. After this initial consult, the osteopath will perform some physical examinations. They may ask you to remove some articles of clothing just to give them more access to problem areas. You may also be asked to walk, do some stretches, and perform some simple movements. This is so that the osteopath can get a more accurate picture of your mobility. Additionally, the osteopath may perform palpation. This technique evaluates the health of your joints, ligaments, and tissues. The number of sessions you go for depends on your condition and progress. 

Which conditions can osteopathy help ease?

  • ADD

  • ADHD

  • Allergies

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Autism

  • Back pain

  • Digestive issues

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headache

  • Hormones

  • IBS

  • Migraine

  • Pain

  • Pregnancy

  • Sleep disorder

  • Sports injury

  • Stress

  • Thyroid

Osteopathy can also help improve health and wellness.


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