Osteopathy is a therapeutic treatment method based on a whole body approach. This whole body approach focuses on using hands-on manual therapy techniques that aim to regulate and balance the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems, while strengthening the musculoskeletal system. The treatment objectives are to provide overall body health and well-being, by improving motion, correcting altered biomechanics and balancing systemic function.
Osteopathic philosophy as an approach to treatment is based on 4 principles (Ontario Association of Osteopaths);
- Each structure in the body has a supporting role in the body’s function
- The natural flow of the body’s fluids- lymphatic, vascular and neurological – must be preserved and maintained.
- The human body is the sum of its parts, its physical, emotional social, spiritual and cognitive systems don’t work independently – they work in harmony
- When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself.
Following a thorough evaluation and medical questionnaire, an Osteopath will develop a treatment plan based on the results of the evaluation. A treatment will consists of a variety of gentle hands-on techniques. Osteopaths develop a high sense of touch that allows them to recognize and identify problem areas. Using soft-tissue stretching, deep tissue pressure, massage, tissue mobilization and joint manipulation they aim to help restore normal function to the muscle, joint, tissue and organ or systemic functions.
Osteopathy is effective for a variety of illnesses, medical conditions and injuries. Among them include;
- Pediatric conditions; colic, spitting up, sucking difficulty, delayed development, birth trauma and otitis media.
- Pain conditions: neck, back and sciatica pain, headaches, migraines, temporomandibular syndromes, over-use and sports injuries.
- Systemic problems involving the neurological, digestive, circulatory systems and chronic infectious disease.
Contact your local Kinatex Sports Physio clinic to see if Osteopathy is available and to discuss if Osteopathy is an appropriate treatment option for your condition.