Osteopathic manual therapy is a holistic, hands-on approach to treating pain and dysfunction that focuses on restoring proper function and movement within the body.
It is based on the understanding that all systems of the body operate together to create and sustain health. Osteopathy views the body as a whole and aims to identify and treat the source of the pain and dysfunction rather than the symptoms with the goal of providing permanent rehabilitation.
An osteopathic treatment begins with a specific assessment to identify the underlying causes of the pain and dysfunction. This is achieved by taking a thorough medical history, performing postural assessments and manual tests.
Treatment consists of gentle manipulation of the skeletal system, soft tissues (muscle, ligaments, tendons, and fascia), the viscera (organs), and the craniosacral system.
Osteopathic treatment uses an integrative approach to work on the body:
- The body is a dynamic unit of function
- The body has its own set of self-regulating and self-protecting mechanisms
- Body structure and function are working together and interrelated
Osteopathy is a natural medicine appropriate for the whole family. Some common reasons to visit an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner are;
- Back and neck pain
- Overuse injuries
- Musculoskeletal aches and pains
- Pregnancy related discomfort
- Sports injuries