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Osteopathy is a gentle form of manual therapy that balances the body’s structure to restore motion and remove obstruction granting health. Our goal is find the cause of dysfunction in the body resulting in aches, pains and other forms of acute and chronic dysfunction.
Issues with breathing, digestive problems, headaches, migraines among a plethora of others may benefit from osteopathic care. Practitioners will address structures (fascia, muscle, ligamentous structures) liberating the passage of blood and nerve function by removing obstruction, improve motion and facilitate healing by allowing the body to serve its function
Sprains, strains, spasms as well as other abrupt injuries can be painful and troublesome. The practitioner will direct their effort on the whole body with particular attention on structure above and below the injury to ensure the conditions are optimal to allow the body to heal itself.
For a moment look at the spine as the circuit breaker of the body so it is natural to assume that it serve an important role. Aside from weight-bearing protection and serving as a conduit to our spinal cord (and therefore the brain) it bridges our upper and lower-half any structural deviation in the spine may result in breathing issues, reproductive problems, digestive problems, neuropathies among others. Whether it is the entire column or single segment the entire spine remains a focal point in treatment.
”Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health”
- Andrew Taylor Still
At Physiotherapy and Beyond we are fortunate to have a Classically trained Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. A Classically trained Osteopath is one that utilizes their knowledge of mechanics, principles, anatomy and physiology to apply a treatment, as opposed to a technique-based approach, in order to provide a treatment catered for the patient on the table.
We use a holistic approach meaning we explore whole body. The body may manifest pain in one area but the source of the problem maybe coming from another part entirely. For instance shoulder pain may ultimately be an ankle issue by ways of deviations in structure and other associated limitations. Our practitioner will work towards finding and correcting limitations throughout the body so everything can function the way it should.
Following a treatment patients may feel like a similar sensation as they would post-workout, appreciating that their body is ultimately adjusting to any changes made.Practitioners assess and treat each individual differently using their body’s framework. Treatments are uniquely applied to correct imbalance in structures and their associated dysfunction.
All manual treatment approaches are guided by the response from each individual and their body's needs. Treatment application can include muscle energy, myofascial, and ligamentous articular releases among others.