Osteopathy is a gentle and holistic form of manual therapy that targets chronic pain and other health ailments.
Osteopathic treatment relies on restoring the connection between the different systems of the body. It is essentially a holistic form of therapy that considers the relationship between the structure and function of specific body areas.
Osteopathy was first founded by American physician Dr. A.T Still in 1874. Dr.Still sought alternatives to the current practice of medical care at his time.
He was dedicated to finding modalities that were non-medicinal and non-surgical yet instead focused on how to adjust the structures themselves to bring relief. He believed that the human body contained everything necessary to sustain life and by freeing restrictions in the musculoskeletal, nervous or circulatory system we help to balance the flow between them.
Manual Osteopaths use joint mobilization like chiropractors, use soft tissue work like massage therapists and prescribe therapeutic exercises like physiotherapists.
However, these are all used in combination!
Additional osteopathic techniques include muscle energy techniques, active release, lymphatic drainage plus cranial-sacral and visceral osteopathic techniques.
Osteopathy is known to benefit an assortment of conditions some of which are:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain & Stiffness
- Sciatic Pain & Degenerative Disc conditions
- Hip, Knee, Ankle Pain
- Shoulder Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Impingement conditions
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- TMJ Dysfunction & Jaw Pain
- Muscle Tightness, Strains, Trigger Points
- Headaches & Migraines