Manual osteopathy is a patient-centred approach to care that focuses on the whole person. Its aim is to restore structural balance to the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems, improving its natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal. It is often used to treat neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, sciatica, sports injuries, tennis elbow, postural strain and arthritis, through gentle manipulation and massage of the bones, joints, and muscles. It can also be used to treat conditions as diverse as irregular sleep cycles, digestive issues, concussions, TMJ and complex or compounded issues. Osteopathy takes a personalized approach and follows the body’s lead.
An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (OMP) uses a specialized diagnostic skill called palpation to detect problems in tissues or body systems. Palpation is a gentle but intentional touch that senses various factors including moisture, texture, temperature and motion. The OMP looks for physical blockages or misalignment of bones, organs or tissues that may impede the flow of the body’s fluids. She also takes into account non-physical factors such as lifestyle, stress or trauma that may affect the body’s functioning.
Osteopathic treatment is focused on helping the body regain its ability to circulate its fluids unimpeded. An OMP uses non-invasive, hands-on techniques including stretching, muscle conditioning, lymphatic drainage, and education around diet, exercise and lifestyle to restore the body to optimal functioning.
Osteopathy is natural, gentle and non-invasive, and therefore can benefit people of all ages, including the eldery, athletes, women who are post-pregnancy, and those with repetitive stress or workplace injuries.
Do you think you could benefit from Manual Osteopathy treatment? Call us at ProActive Rehab today to discuss treatment options and book a consultation: 705-788-1480.