Manual osteopathic therapy is a holistic manual therapy that focuses on the assessment and treatment of the body’s many diverse systems. Treatment can impact the musculoskeletal system, lymphatics, connective tissue, visceral organs and many other structures. Since the origin of a patient’s pain and dysfunction is not always local to the pain experienced, the goal of an osteopathic practitioner is to find and treat the root cause of the complaint, thereby restoring mobility and function. Osteopathy is a gentle approach that people in all stages of life can benefit from – from infants to the elderly.
On your first visit, the Osteopathic Practitioner will conduct a thorough health history to understand the full picture of what could have contributed to your issues. Once a detailed history of your current issue, past trauma, current and past diagnoses and dysfunction, and other treatments is acquired, the Osteopathic practitioner will do a full body assessment to narrow down what needs to be treated. Your practitioner will then use a number of approaches such as joint mobilization, myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, and visceral manipulation. Treatment tends to feel very gentle and patients are usually very relaxed by the end of the appointment. Make sure to bring comfortable clothing to wear for ease of movement during the assessment and treatment.
Osteopathic practitioners treat an array of issues and complaints such as:
– back and neck pain (acute or chronic)
– headaches and migraines
– pelvic pain
– shoulder, knee and ankle issues
– stress management
– digestive complaints such as bloating and constipation