What is Manual Osteopathic Therapy?
Manual Osteopathic Therapy is a manual form of therapy that emphasizes the relationship between the structure and function of the human body. This therapy follows a belief in the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate. The hands-on manual therapy treatment method that looks at the way the body functions as whole, rather than viewing its parts or symptoms separately.
It’s based on the philosophy that the body has innate ability to heal itself when its components are in balance. The goal of Osteopathy is to restore that proper balance and function, allowing your body to heal through its own natural processes. It works to balance your nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems, improving your range of motion and relieving discomfort or other symptoms.
Manual Osteopathy can provide relief and treatment for a wide range of conditions including:
- foot, ankle and knee pain
- Back and neck pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Menstrual Pain
- Postural Problems
- Headaches, Migraines and Whiplash
- Insomnia/difficulties in sleeping
- Lower back pain, Sciatica/SI joint dysfunction
- Urinary Incontinence
- Digestive problems-Irritable bowel/constipation/bloating
Your osteopath will used several techniques like cranial, visceral and soft tissue manipulation, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage and includes stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
What to expect during on your first Osteopathic Treatment?
During your first visit, your osteopath will spend some time listening to your complaints and asking you questions about your health and lifestyle, followed with taking your medical history.
Osteopath sessions begin with a thorough assessment of your current health status and goals for treatment. Then your osteopath will examine your whole body. During your examination, your osteopath may ask you to perform simple movements and stretches so that they can observe your posture and mobility.
Your Manual Osteopathic Treatment
During your assessment and treatment you can wear your clothing as you feel more comfortable. Your osteopath will explain their findings and discuss a suitable treatment plan for you. Your osteopath understands the interconnection of the nerves, organs and systems of the body and treats each individual holistically, to allow the body to use it’s full potential toward healing injuries and chronic pains. With a knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics, osteopaths use just their hands to figure out what is not functioning normally, and then use gentle manipulations to get the body back into alignment so that it can heal itself and regulate.
What to expect after treatment
Most people will feel great after an Osteopathic treatment, experiencing some amount of ‘release’ and pain relief in an area that may have given them pain for quite some time. Some people feel amazing, some people feel nothing while other feel some local tenderness, stiffness achiness, headaches, fatigue or diarrhea. These are all within the range of typical responses one can come to expect. Some people even feel an exacerbation of their symptoms for which they came in to resolve. Most responses happen within 24 hours after treatment and resolve within 72 hours.
We will encourage you to ‘take it easy’ and rest after a treatment to allow your body to recover and give time to heal properly, even if you feel completely pain free.
Your osteopath may ask you to drink lots of water. Water promotes blood flow and lymphatic fluid flow which aids in ridding the body of toxins and works on bringing in nourishment to our bodies.
If you feel concerned, or your pain is worse then you should call and speak with your Osteopath. We will always prefer that you call or email us to let us know how you feel – we will often be able to tell you what to do or not to do that can help or decide if it is something separate form the treatment and may need further attention.
Pricing: $150 for 60 minutes including GST – This service is available with Leonora Osio only. We cannot direct bill for this service but you will receive an official receipt that is valid for insurance claims. Most insurance companies cover Manual Osteopathic Therapy under a separate category from massage therapy.