What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy encompasses:

  • hands-on, gentle, and non-invasive.
  • a holistic approach, considers all systems of the body as one unit.
  • Helps you recover from pain, discomfort, injury and illness.
  • Gets to the root of your problem to clear up both your symptoms and their cause.
  • Reconnects you to health and ease without using drugs, machines or surgery.
  • Supports the philosophy that the human body is equipped with all the resources it needs to heal and maintain itself.

Osteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare. It recognises the important link between the structures of your body your and the way it works. Osteopaths focus on how skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health & well-being.

Osteopathic therapists understand the body’s interrelated parts and the dynamic relationship between them. We can explain how a stiff hip can cause a sore shoulder or how knee pain can be traced back to a tight back. We also acknowledge that the interrelated nature of the body also applies to the interrelated nature of the person. Osteopathic therapists can help explain how stress from work or home affect your body’s ability to heal. This holistic approach allows Osteopaths to diagnose and treat a wide range of issues.  Osteopaths combine their intellectual knowledge of anatomy along with what they feel through their hands to understand your personal story being told by your tissues. The therapist then uses gentle manipulation –alignment, mobilization and stretching to free restricted joints, tight muscles, tethered nerves and blockages around organs. The release of tension allows healing to occur.

There is no one, protocol-based technique that Osteopathic therapists use. Instead, several techniques such as cranio-sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and musculoskeletal techniques may be used and often combined depending on which issues are being addressed. Your treatment is much more custom and versatile to best address your issues and provide you with the most effective long term results.

History of Osteopathy

  • First school founded in 1862 in USA, but today it’s more popular in Europe.
  • The practice of osteopathy began in the United States in 1874

The word “osteopathy” comes from two Greek words meaning “bone” and “dysfunction”. The founder of osteopathy, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, chose this name to highlight how the structure of the skeleton is vital to the proper function of the body’s systems. Misalignment of bones can cause dysfunction. Therefore manual osteopathic therapists assess, diagnose and treat disorders of the body’s structure as it relates to any of the body’s systems: muscular, skeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous or reproductive.

 Visceral Manipulation

  • Ideal technique for gastrointestinal issues (IBS, kidneys, liver, gynecological issues in women)
  • Gentle stretching of internal organs in order to improve mobility, blood supply, lymphatic drainage, which helps to restore the function of affected organs
  • Great for all ages

Musculoskeletal techniques

  • Stretching, mobilization, alignment
  • A more gentle approach comparing to chiropractors
  • Majority of patients come in for back, neck, joint pain and greatly benefit from musculoskeletal manipulation treatment

Craniosacral Therapy

  • Ideal for headaches, migraines, stroke (issues pertaining to the head)
  • Sleep disorders, stress
  • It is a gentle approach to balance your brain membrane, CSF, and blood flow to your brain
  • Great for all ages

Osteopathy Compared to Chiropractor and Physiotherapy

  • Chiropractors primarily use forceful adjustments and don’t deal with soft tissue release much
  • Physiotherapy primarily focuses on soft tissue release and tend not to perform any adjustments or alignment
  • Osteopathy is a combination of soft tissue release and alignment.

Osteopathic Therapy takes on a hands on approach to treatment, using their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in the body that are preventing optimal body function. It helps to recover from pain and injury and provides a personalized treatment plan optimized to give you the most effective results.

Treating the Root of the Problem NOT the Symptoms

All of our treatments’ are provided by a registered physiotherapist and are not delegated to an assistant. By personalizing your treatment plan and always providing one-on-one hands on care, we ensure to provide each and every individual with the best, long-lasting results. To ensure that you receive the optimal treatments that will be most beneficial to your individual needs, book your FREE CONSULTATION and speak to our Physiotherapists’ today!