Osteopathy is a gentle, effective, manual form of therapy that involves taking a holistic approach when treating a patient. Registered practitioners are trained to assess and treat patients by finding and relieving the causes of pain rather than treating the symptoms. Manual Osteopaths differ from Chiropractors because they do not use High Velocity Techniques (fast thrusts) to manipulate the joints. Treatment involves a combination of techniques such as:
- Mobilization (Help restore proper joint, spinal and bodily functions)
- Myofascial/Soft tissue (Treating pain/tender points found in muscles, ligaments and tendons)
- Muscle Energy Techniques (Reduce muscle spasms, increase blood flow and flexibility)
- Articulation and Oscillation (Help increase range of motion and relieve stiffness)
What is a session like?
The session starts with a consultation to find out about the patient’s condition, symptoms and medical history. Once consent to the treatment is given, the Osteopathic practitioner performs an examination of the area that is in pain or is not functioning correctly. Due to the holistic approach, the practitioner will take a look at other areas of the body in which they believe might be the contributor/cause of pain. They will then begin to treat the patient using suitable techniques.
When should you see a Manual Osteopath?
Manual Osteopaths treat all areas of the body including the spine. If you are suffering from aches and pains caused from injury, occupation, accident, stress or stiffness, this treatment is for you.
Osteopathy CAN help with:
- Neck and Back pain (Muscular as well as Spinal)
- Sacrum Pain (SI Joint)
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow, Golfers Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Knee, Hip, Ankle and Foot Pain
- Jaw Pain, TMJ
Does Osteopathy need an MD referral?
One does not need a Medical Doctor's referral but medical referrals are accepted.