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Manual Therapy is a comprehensive approach which seeks to remove obstructions to the body’s innate self-regulating abilities. What makes manual osteopathy unique is the highly refined sense of technique which the practitioner develops over many years and uses, along with biomechanical analysis and other tests and techniques, to assess and treat the whole body.
What is Manual Osteopathy?
What Does A Manual Osteopath Practitioner Do?
Osteopathy is a manual form of therapy which emphasizes the relationship between the structure and function of the human body. This therapy follows a belief in the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate, which is why manual osteopathic practitioners do not see themselves as healers, but instead as facilitators to health.
Manual Osteopathy focuses on facilitating the health of joints and muscles through non-invasive therapy. Helping to strengthen the body, osteopathy also acts as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medicine. By working with the interrelated systems and functions of the human body, manual osteopathic therapy can return the body to normal health so it can self-heal and self-regulate.
Osteopathic techniques include:
Cranial osteopathy – addresses the vitality and mobility of the dural membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which nourish and protect the brain and spinal cord and influence nutrient exchange at a cellular level throughout the entire body.
Myofascial and connective tissue therapy – treats restrictions of the muscles, fascia and connective tissues, normalizing these important structural tissues.
Osteo-articular corrections – gentle manipulation of joints which relieve restriction and restore proper motion.
Visceral manipulation – gentle but direct work to the organs and viscera and their ligamentous/ fascial attachments to relieve pain and improve function.
Frequently asked questions
What is manual osteopathy?
How can manual osteopathy help me and what kind of conditions does it treat?
Is manual osteopathy compatible with other types of treatments, ie. massage therapy or acupuncture?
Yes, manual osteopathy can complement other therapeutic approaches like massage therapy and acupuncture very well. In the treatment of certain conditions (ie. depression, anxiety, some chronic conditions), manual osteopaths may also make referrals to other health care practitioners like naturopathic doctors, MD’s or psychologists for additional necessary support.
What can I expect from an manual osteopathic session?
In your first session, you can expect to go over your health history with the manual osteopath as well as having a discussion about what your needs are. An assessment will be done, which includes observation of posture and tests to determine where treatment will be most indicated. With the remaining time, a treatment will be given. In subsequent appointments, there will be a quick assessment (in order to see what changes have occurred and again, to guide the process), and more time will be spent on treatment, which can take place with you sitting, lying face up, face down, or on your side.
What should I wear to an manual osteopathic session?
Ideally, for the assessment (and possibly for the treatment) shorts or loose/stretchy pants are worn, and if you are comfortable, a sports bra (for women) and no shirt (for men). Your comfort is very important however, so if you are not okay with disrobing, accommodations will be made. There is a blanket and heating pad handy so you will not be chilled.
Is manual osteopathy covered by my insurance plan?
How often do I need to come to see improvements in my health?
The number of times you need to come depend on the length of time you have had your complaint, the severity of your injury, and your overall health. Some conditions respond quickly and others take more time. Please feel free to ask me about this when we talk in person.