Osteopathy is a safe and effective patient centred manual therapy which works in combination with the individual's own homeostatic mechanisms to help restore balance and optimal health. It works with the understanding that the way the body is able to function is inseparable from the way it is structured. Osteopathic Practitioners support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health by using skilled palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs.
Osteopathic Deep Relaxation Massage: Experience a powerful physical and mental relaxation treatment that calms the nervous system and releases muscle tension. Deep Relaxation Massage includes a guided Body Scan to recenter your awareness, and restore a grounded connection to your physical self. The massage techniques are based on Osteopathic Medicine principles and are customized to the individual. Light and firm rhythmic strokes and gentle mobilization improves tissue health, body re-connection and the release of old patterns. Without effort you can let go into a deep meditative state that promotes healing of mind and spirit.
Osteopathy is also suitable for those who pre- or postoperative, or have suffered an acute injury and want help in shortening recovery time and regaining their function.
All aspects of the body must work together to maintain health and the osteopathic approach is able to address the person as a whole to improve not only structure and therefore function but overall health and wellbeing.
Osteopathy is drug and surgery free. It optimizes the body’s ability to heal itself and achieve balance. Benefits include:
Patients may choose to come for General Osteopathic Treatments, a whole body therapy that promotes overall wellness and relaxation, or for an in-depth evaluation and follow up appointments in order to tackle specific or complex musculoskeletal issues.
Your Osteopathic Practitioner will take a detailed health history to understand the various factors contributing to your complaint. She will complete a whole body assessment and focus on particular regions as required. Treatment is a series of hands-on techniques to release tension, restore balance, and integrate the multiple systems of the body.
Treatments are performed either through thin, loose clothing (such as shorts or leggings) or with the patient in underwear which allows for a more thorough assessment of posture, spinal curves and tissue quality. Please wear or bring appropriate clothes to your treatments.
The number of treatments necessary for a particular complaint, condition, or symptom varies. As osteopathy works to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, every Osteopathic Practitioner strives to minimize the number of treatments needed, and often suggests a period of time between treatments for full integration.
Osteopathic Practitioners treat a wide variety of health problems throughout the whole body including the musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous and visceral system. They do not just treat the symptoms or areas of complaint, they treat the individual as a whole functional unit.
Osteopathic treatment is suitable for people of all ages, who :
Osteopathic Practitioners can help if you are experiencing problems such as:
MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (requiring First Aid and/or send to Doctor/hospital):
Anaphylaxis, Appendicitis, Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke), Diabetic coma, Insulin shock, Epileptic seizure, Myocardial infarction (heart attack), Pneumothorax, Atelectasis, Severe asthma attack, Syncope (fainting), Contagious diseases, Significant fever (101F or 38.3C and higher), Shock (all types), Thyroid storm, Undiagnosed tumours or lumps, Acute intracranial hemorrhage, Recent skull fracture.
When you have any of these conditions, please do not book an appointment:
The osteopathic practitioner can massage but not over any areas affected by:
Osteopathy can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the below cases it is best to have advice from your physician. osteopathic practitioner, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, osteopath can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician: