What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a gentle-manual manipulation that addressed a variety of body dysfunctions that can be the cause of pain and discomfort. Osteopathic manual therapists believe that abnormal functioning of one area of the body can cause symptoms to present elsewhere in the body. This is the theory of “Tensegrity” presented by Andrew Still, the founder of Osteopathy. Imbalances found are gently treated with manual techniques that engage the dysfunctional tissue until return to normal function. Changes can be felt immediately or shortly after the treatment.

Approaches include:

Visceral manipulation
Visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, bladder, and uterus are useful to improve mobility of an organ, improve blood flow and organ function.

Osteoarticular techniques
Joint mobilizations are performed with gentle muscle-resisted techniques to restore mobility. The result will help to reduce muscle spasms, ease neurological irritations around a joint, to reduce pain and discomfort. The spine will be assessed and treat with a global to a focal method.

Cranio-Sacral therapy
The objective of craniosacral therapy is to balance the circulation of the blood and other body fluid from head to toe. Assessment and treatment of the mobility of the skull and its contents is perform with light manual touch. Treatments focus also on the spine, sacrum and other part of the body.

Fascial release techniques
Fascia tissue can be found in all parts of the body. It connects body’s superficial and deep structures. Manual osteopathic therapist are using soft tissue manipulation to assess the fascia to find areas of restriction, and will use treatment to maintain the length and tension for a balance body. Great for spasms, scars or chronic muscle and organs fascia tensions.

Conditions that can benefit from Manual Osteopathy

  • Musculoskeletal conditions including (but not limited to): neck & back pain, knee pain, tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Concussion and Whiplash
  • Constipation
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Chronic pain and swelling
  • Scoliosis and posture dysfunction
  • Abdominal pain and irritable bowl syndrome
  • Menstrual cramps
  • and many more!

Do my medical benefits cover osteopathic services?

You will be surprise but many insurances company are covering osteopathy in Canada. Check your benefit coverage.

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