Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a hands-on therapy that is gentle and non-invasive, working to help the body self-heal and self-regulate. Through gentle adjustment of the body, we work to remove obstructions that restrict the flow of the blood, lymph and nerve impulses. Through our daily lives or trauma, the body's structure may be unbalanced or have dysfunction that limits our body's ability to breathe, move, digest, and many other functions. Once the structure is balanced, the body can self-heal and self-regulate.

Manual osteopaths achieve this by working with the body's soft tissues, as well as the joints, ligaments, and bones. A classically trained osteopathic manual practitioner must use their vast knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to do this effectively while applying the core osteopathic principles.

Osteopathy was founded in the 1800's by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. Classically trained Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are still taught using the teachings from Dr. A.T. Still, including the principles used in principle based treatment today.


The core principles of Osteopathic Treatment are as follows:

  1. The human body is a dynamic unit of function (mind, body, and spirit)

  2. The structure and function are reciprocally interrelated

  3. The body is self-healing and self-regulating

  4. Rational treatment is based upon the above principles


What to expect?

Each treatment is unique to you and unique to how you arrive that day. No two treatments are the same as your body is a dynamic unit of function. Each time you come for treatment, your body will have taken on the adjustments from the previous treatment. In each treatment, the practitioner will assess your entire body and only apply the necessary adjustments to uncover the root cause of dysfunction. As such, the treatment is often slow and rhythmic, without the use of high-velocity thrusts.

 

What can Osteopathy help with?

Osteopathy can help reduce the symptoms related to many conditions including:

  • Back, neck, and joint pain

  • Joint injuries

  • Migraines and headaches

  • Digestive issues

  • Sinus problems and congestion

  • Work and sport-related injuries

  • Muscle tension and strain

  • Sleep

  • And much more!

Pediatric Osteopathy

Birth, although it is a natural process, can be traumatic for your baby. Some complications can occur, resulting in strains and torsions through their body. Osteopathy is a gentle hands-on treatment that can help remove restrictions, to restore body balance, mechanics and motion.

Osteopathy can help with:

  • Unwinding patterns that developed in the womb

  • General alignment 

  • Excessive crying

  • Increased vomiting or spitting up after drinking milk, Gassiness, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea/Reflux

  • Colic

  • General unease or fussiness

  • Poor sleep 

  • Suckling and latch mechanics for breast and bottle feeding

  • Prep and recovery from tongue, cheek, or lip tie

  • Plagiocephaly (flattened skull)/Torticolis/Head or facial bone asymmetry

Pregnancy and Post-Natal Care

Pregnancy can cause aches and pains in your body as your baby grows. Osteopathy is a gentle treatment that can help maintain movement, as well as help prepare your body for delivery. 

Delivery itself can be traumatic on mom as well as baby. Some dysfunction or injury can occur. Osteopathy is a gentle treatment that can support your body's healing after birth. 

The 4th trimester, is a time where a lot of physical and emotional changes occur. Your body heals from birth, as well as your adjustment to life as a new mum. Caring for a newborn can result in postural pain, discomfort and exhaustion. Osteopathy can help with this! 

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a component of osteopathy that uses gentle pressure to release tension held within the cranium or spine. Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a an expansion of osteopathy that is focused on reducing dysfunction within the craniosacral system, which includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. 

Cranial Osteopathy and CST can help with:

  • Headaches

  • Concussions 

  • Chronic Pain

  • Paediatric concerns

  • TMJ pain 

  • Sleep problems

"A Knowledge of Anatomy is only a dead weight if we do not know how to apply that knowledge with successful Skill"

- A. T. Still

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