Osteopathy

Osteopathy at Connections Wellness Centre

Osteopathy at Connections Wellness Centre

Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance.  For Your body to work well, its structure must also work well. 

Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Manual Practice Osteopathy is a therapy of evaluation and analysis of the musculo-skeletal, visceral, circulatory, neurological, and cranial systems. The intention is that of restoring the normal function of the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalances that may be the result of injury, illness, stress, and the chronicity of daily living.

Through the knowledge of anatomy and physiology, the practitioner will use the gentle palpation to evaluate and treat the primary causes of disease or dysfunction. Evaluation of the position, mobility, and the quality of the tissues to determine what is primarily in dysfunction to be identified by the therapist.

Osteopathy supports the philosophy that the body has an innate & natural ability to self regulate & heal. This ability is maintained by the unimpeded circulation and integration of all the body’s systems of fluids and movements. The obstruction of these mechanisms of the body are the focus of the osteopathic evaluation and treatment.

Over time, the body gradually loses its ability to efficiently self-regulate and to self-heal. Some of this loss may be due in part to the aging process, the prolonged influence of gravity on posture, traumas, illness, surgical scarring, childbirth, repetitive activity or strain, or the cumulative effects of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual stress. In most cases the patient has had some combination of the above experiences. The results of these experiences may manifest themselves locally in the body, or more frequently the symptoms are experienced far from the site of the original site of occurrence. The practitioner is said to assess the whole body. Although treatment may be directed toward several specific areas, the effect of that treatment is often felt throughout the body as everything in the body is connected.

In a typical treatment a full interview and past medical history will be taken of the patient followed by a full body evaluation. The treatment plan will be directed towards restoring the body’s circulation, and ease of movement within all the systems of the living person, encouraging the self-regulation and healing process.

(Article: Canadian School of Osteopathy – Manual Practice Website, 2016)

What does Osteopathy treat?

  • Arthritic joint pain
  • Acute/chronic back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint sprains/stains
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Post-operative pain
  • Repetitive strain
  • Postural related issues
  • Tendonitis
  • Frozen Shoulder

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An osteopath must know the shape and positions of every bone in the body, as well as that part to which every ligament and muscle is attached.  He must know the blood and the nerve supply.  He must comprehend the human system as and anatomist, and also from a physiological standpoint.  He must understand the form of the body and the workings of it. 
— A.T. Still You begin with anatomy, and you end with anatomy, a knowledge of anatomy is all you want or need 
— Dr. Andrew T. Still  (founder of Osteopathy)