Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. Osteopathic treatments can positively impact the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems, to improve body function and overall health. Osteopathy can also benefit the musculoskeletal framework and other systems, including enhancing lymphatic health and bringing about internal improvements in the body to perhaps prevent an invasive surgical treatment.
Osteopathy can provide relief and treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:
Manual Osteopathy / Osteopathic Medicine takes a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare and restoring balance in the body. It uses natural, non-invasive, ‘hands-on’ techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs.
An Osteopathic Physician or a Practitioner of Manual Osteopathy does not concentrate only on the problem area but uses manual techniques to balance all the body systems, and to provide overall good health and wellbeing. Diagnosing and treating conditions using these techniques is called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).
An Osteopathic Practitioner can help prevent problems by quickly pinpointing potential sources of referred pain. Prevention advice can involve stretching exercises, lifting techniques, posture adjustment, breathing techniques, and stress-reduction methods. These techniques can help strengthen, improve posture, reduce pain, and prevent future injury.
An Osteopathic treatment may include:
Osteopathy / Osteopathic Medicine is a natural, manual therapy which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility, and quality of the tissues.
Founded by Andrew Taylor Still in 1874, Osteopathy embraces the philosophy that the body has an innate or natural ability to self-regulate and to heal itself. The key factor that permits this process to proceed unimpeded is the ability of the body to circulate all of its fluids and liquids. These fluids include the blood, lymph, synovial fluid, digestive juices, cerebrospinal fluid, axoplasm, and all the other intra and extracellular fluids of the body.
Any obstruction that impedes the circulation of fluids within the body is the focus of Osteopathic assessment and treatment. (Canadian College of Osteopathy)
Osteopathic Medicine or Osteopathy emphasizes overall health and the relation among the body’s nerves, muscles, bones, and organs. Osteopathic Physicians and Osteopathic Practitioners base diagnosis and treatment on the idea that your body’s systems are interconnected. Instead of treating specific symptoms or illnesses, Osteopathic Physicians and Osteopathic Practitioners regard and treat the body as an integrated whole.
Osteopathic Medicine focuses on disease prevention and health maintenance.
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