Osteopathy is a holistic patient-centered approach to whole-body healing. Osteopaths use hands-on techniques to assess and treat the body while exploring the root cause of the issue or complaint using palpation.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is that if one part of the body is suffering, the rest of the body works harder to compensate which could result in symptoms such as tension, inflammation, stiffness, and/or pain. Skilled palpation and a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics guide the Osteopath to assess and restore balance within and between all the systems of the body; musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, cranial and visceral.
In health, the body seeks to maintain a balance within and between these systems. The Osteopath uses a wide array of manual approaches to reduce and resolve strains, stress and dysfunction in all areas of the body. The goal is to remove restrictions to vascular, neural and biomechanical mechanisms and ultimately support the natural healing mechanism by promoting autoregulation. Osteopaths can identify areas in the body where there is congestion or restriction so they can help restore function to those areas.
What are some of the conditions that respond favourably to Osteopathic treatment?
- musculoskeletal complaints (i.e., back, shoulder, arm, hip, and leg pain)
- G.I. complaints (i.e., constipation, IBS, and acid reflux)
- Anxiety and depression
- Respiratory conditions (i.e., asthma)
What are the four principles of osteopathic philosophy?
- Each structure in your body supports the overall function of your body.
- The natural flow of your body’s fluids (i.e., lymphatic, vascular and neurological) needs to be preserved and maintained.
- The physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive systems of your body don’t operate in isolation. They are interrelated and have to work in harmony to provide you with good health.
- Without restrictions on its systems, the body is capable of healing itself.
What should I expect from an osteopathic assessment and treatment?
The Osteopath will take detailed history, and then look at postural and functional/biomechanical movements, then evaluate the body as a whole using their experienced palpation skills. In a treatment the osteopath will use subtle but very precise techniques to get rid of restrictions in the soft tissue, skeletal system, visceral attachments, and body as a whole.
Does Osteopathy relate just to bones?
It does more than that, an osteopath can provide hand-on treatment of the musculoskeletal system, visceral mobility, cranial osteopathy, circulatory and nervous system, and fascial system. An Osteopath will seek to restore mobility, mechanical movement, and rhythm in the congested, injured, and surrounding tissue, to promote a homeostatic balance in the body.
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Geoffrey Mabey Co-Owner, Athletic Therapist & Osteopath Clinic – Currie Center (UNB) & Prospect Street Meet Geoff! Geoff has been an Athletic Therapist for over 20 years and has been practicing as an Osteopath since 2011, receiving his designation in 2014. He has gained a significant amount of experience working and a tremendous passion working…