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Manual Osteopathy is a form of hands on manual therapy that mainly targets the joints, muscles and fascia in your body by focusing on the body as a whole. Osteopathy uses a variety of Mobilization Techniques to help move your joints and stretch the surrounding muscles, Muscle Energy Techniques that help in strengthening your muscles, as well as Soft Tissue & Myofascial Release techniques that help to relax any tight muscles that may be causing pain. Manual Osteopathy treatments can also include Cranial Osteopathy, which is a very gentle treatment that mainly targets the bones in the cranium (skull), as well as the spine and pelvis, allowing for subtle releases of tension throughout the body. Visceral Osteopathy that focuses on quality of breathing and restore healthy movement of internal organs. And Psychosomatic treatment that aims to alleviate common psychological factors like stress, anxiety, depression etc., that can enhance the pain of physical disease.

Manual Osteopathic Practitioners derive their treatments from the following major principles:

  1. The Human Body is a Unit
  2. Structure & Function are inter-related
  3. The body is self-regulating
  4. The body is designed to defend and heal itself
  5. When the body’s ability to adapt is disrupted, the capability to self-regulate disintegrates and disease may occur
  6. The movement of bodily fluid are essential to the maintenance of good health
  7. Nerves play a crucial role in controlling the fluids in the body
  8. There is always a somatic component to disease, either as the main cause or a contributing factor of disease

What does treatment look like?

During your initial assessment with a Manual Osteopath your therapist will start by taking your medical history. This consists of a series of questions about the types of pain you are experiencing, when it started, how it happened etc., your daily habits, type of occupation and previous medical history. After that you will undergo a visual assessment, this is where the practitioner will look at how you are standing, see if there are any visual differences in your stance or other body parts and then assess the way you walk. Next the practitioner will go through some orthopedic tests – if necessary – to determine any muscle weakness or lack of normal range of motion. Once the practitioner feels that they have all the proper information needed to create a treatment plan they will then discuss this with you. In your next treatment sessions, your practitioner will work on treating those areas of pain, as well as providing some stretches or exercises to complete at home, if necessary. Depending on the type and degree of pain you are experiencing your treatment plan could last only a couple sessions to a few sessions lasting several weeks. This will all be determined by your practitioner to best suit your body’s needs!

Benefits of Osteopathy

There are several benefits of Manual Osteopathic treatment. The main benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Relieve any restrictions in bones, joints and muscle spasms
  • Increase blood flow and circulation
  • Increase range of motion and flexibility
  • Increase muscle strength and stability
  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease stress
  • Reduce swelling and tissue tension
  • Promote healing
  • Increase quality of life

Common conditions treated – but not limited to:

  • Low back pain
  • Knee, hip and ankle pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and Chronic Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel and other wrist/hand problems
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder problems
  • Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
  • Painful Gait
  • Postural Problems
  • Digestive Issues

Manual Osteopathic services are provided at MiltonBackDoc by Emily Walker.

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