Osteopathy is a gentle manual therapy that seeks to balance the body by finding and treating the cause of discomfort so that the body can function at an optimal level. It treats many areas of the body including joints, muscles, organs, circulation, and the nervous system. Osteopathy can treat numerous ailments such as acute and chronic pain, tendinitis, heartburn, headaches, sciatica, digestive issues, back pain, neck pain, swelling, posture and more. Osteopathy has always been at the forefront of medicine. Since its inception, osteopaths have developed many techniques that are used by other professions today, including adjustments, cranial osteopathy (a.k.a. craniosacral therapy), muscle energy, strain counter strain and visceral manipulation.

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Is Osteopathy it right for me?

For many, an osteopathy treatment can provide gentle relief to long-standing chronic conditions. An osteopathy treatment will involve hands-on treatment of the body, but unlike massage therapy, an osteopathy treatment is administered fully clothed.


What Does Osteopathy Treatment Include?

Osteopathic Manual Treatment, or OMT, is the adjustment of joints in the body. This technique can be used on any joint in the body. It is used as one of many techniques when deemed necessary by the osteopath. Often the range of motion of joints can become limited through injury, poor posture, sedentary lifestyle and/or repetitive strain. Adjustment is a quick, easy and harmless way to correct the imbalance.

Visceral Manipulation is a technique that examines the functional and structural imbalances of organs. It focuses on the relationship between the motion of an organ and the surrounding supporting structures, such as membranes, fascia and ligaments. Visceral manipulation gently re-establishes proper communication between the organs and the nervous system to relieve the body of symptoms of pain, dysfunction and poor posture.

Fascial Release involves your fascia which is connective tissue that is found throughout the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, organs, ligaments and bones. It is a support system that holds and separates different components of the body. Fascia can constrict the movement of the various fluids of the body, such as blood and lymph. It can also limit the movement of muscles and joints. Fascial release is a technique that focuses on loosening the fascia so that the affected areas work properly again in a balanced state.

Cranial Osteopathy, or craniosacral therapy, is a gentle technique that balances the rhythm of the cranium and sacrum, which are affected by the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid that runs through the nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include headaches, chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges. The positive effects of craniosacral therapy rely to a large extent on your body’s natural self-corrective activities. The therapist’s light, hands-on approach simply assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the craniosacral system to improve your body’s internal environment and strengthen its ability to heal itself.