Sometimes referred to as the osteopathic approach, this methodology is based on the restoration of balance within your body. Manual Osteopaths use hands-on, manual techniques to identify and treat imbalances across the entire musculoskeletal framework. In addition to the “muscle-skeletal framework,” Manual Osteopaths can also address a wide range of issues within the entire body.
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If you want total body health through treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles, and spine, Manual Osteopathy is the right service for you.
Your treatment will begin with an in depth assessment which will include ROM and orthopaedic testing. Your therapist will obtain a complete understanding of your body as a whole. Expect to answer questions regarding your health history, lifestyle, and pain levels. From this assessment, they will determine barriers within your body contributing to your complaint. Your overall treatment plan will address these issues – ultimately, restoring balance to the body.You may or may not be asked to partially undress so be sure to dress in comfortable, loose fitting clothing that allows for easy movement.
The treatment may incorporate movement, exercise, stretching, massage, palpation of the body, organs, or tissues, low-velocity manipulations, etc. It is important to maintain a dialogue on your comfort levels so your therapist can make adjustments with the pressure and techniques being utilized.
After the treatment, it’s important to drink plenty of water to help flush out any toxins that were released during the massage. Your therapist may also provide you with some aftercare advice, such as remedial exercises, stretching or self-massage techniques to help facilitate your rehabilitation and progress. A return date for your treatment plan will also be suggested to keep you on track.
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In the late 1800s, Andrew Taylor Still MD was credited as first using the term ‘Osteopathy.’ When regular conventional medicine failed to save his wife and daughters from meningitis, Still changed his views on the conventional way. He determined that there had to be a better way than resorting to drugs and highly invasive practices.
In 1892, Still founded the first Manual Osteopathy school called the American School of Osteopathy. The focus and basis in the practices taught were aimed at restoring harmony and balance in the body. Since then, Osteopathy has evolved and spread into a worldwide alternative medicine practice.
Manual osteopathy is a hands-on form of therapy that focuses on the musculoskeletal system and aims to restore balance and function to the body. It involves a range of techniques, such as soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilization, and craniosacral therapy.
Yes, manual osteopathy is generally safe and non-invasive. However, as with any form of therapy, there may be some risks and side effects. These can include mild soreness or discomfort after treatment. It is important to discuss any concerns with your therapist before starting treatment.
Manual osteopathy can treat a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain, sports injuries, and digestive disorders. It can also be used to improve mobility, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.
During a manual osteopathy session, the therapist will first assess your condition and medical history. They will then use a variety of techniques, such as gentle stretching, massage, and joint mobilization, to help restore balance and function to your body. The treatment is tailored to your individual needs and may involve multiple sessions.
The length of time it takes to see results from manual osteopathy varies depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Some people may experience relief after just one session, while others may require multiple sessions before seeing significant improvement. It is important to be patient and consistent with your treatment to achieve the best results.