Osteopathy is a form of manual oriented therapy that focuses on the musculoskeletal networks of the body, including focus on the joints, muscles and the spine.
Osteopathy was first coined in the late 1800’s recognized the significance of using manual techniques to balance the body without the need to resort to drugs. The aim of this practice was to detect and target the workings of the nervous, lymphatic and circulatory systems.
The focus of Osteopaths is more universal; instead of focusing on one part of the body, they instead use the manual techniques on the various areas of the muscles and bones to balance out the system to improve circulation and blood flow. This manual, hands on technique, minimizes pain, reduces stress, and contributes to overall greater mobility in individuals from all age groups.
Osteopathic Manual therapy involves using the hands to palpate the tissues, both superficially and deeply within the body. This ability to use sensory information through touch receptors is a defining feature of osteopaths, and an advantage that allows them to detect modification in the tissues, including the presence of dehydration, stiffness, and congestion.
Osteopaths can help a plethora of individuals with various complications and problem areas. Aches and problems around the feet, back, head, neck sciatica, and wrists can be treated with Osteopathy. Problems resulting from repetitive motion and movement can also be alleviated, especially those with tennis elbow, sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome. Postural positions resulting from maintaining a constant position, for example, from sitting behind a computer, can also be targeted in osteopathic treatments. Interestingly, osteopaths can also help individuals with sleeping problems through various techniques designed to alleviate the blockage that resorts to inhibited sleep.
Other benefits include:
- Relieving tension buildup in the muscles
- Preventing future discomfort
- Improving blood flow to connective tissues
- Improving joint mobility