Osteopathy is a gentle and safe manual therapy that is centered around treating the whole person. This means that your osteopathic practitioner will listen attentively to your concerns while taking into account the various factors that can influence pain or discomfort. Your practitioner will ask you questions relating to your medical history and the details of your symptoms. This information will help your osteopathic practitioner to develop a treatment plan with you that is tailored towards your individual needs and goals. Osteopathic practitioners understand that physical problems can be caused by emotional stress and strain, and work to help you find the source of your problem.
Osteopathy uses gentle manual techniques to help decrease or eliminate pain. These include soft-tissue techniques, which may involve light, sustained touch, or indirect techniques where the symptomatic joint is placed in a position of least discomfort to help with relaxation. Myofascial release, cranial sacral, and visceral manipulation are among the various tools that osteopathic practitioners are trained in. As well, gentle, rhythmic oscillatory joint mobilization and contract-relax type techniques may be used to try to increase the range of motion. Each treatment is tailored towards the individual’s specific needs and generally involves little to no discomfort. In other words, the hands-on treatment should feel good, and quite often has a relaxing effect.
In addition to manual techniques, osteopathy sessions often include an educational component where your osteopathic practitioner will provide you with information to help you to make sense of your pain and will provide you with movement strategies, modifications to daily activities, or exercises to give you control over your pain management.
Who can benefit from osteopathy?
Osteopathic Practitioners treat people of all ages. Osteopathic treatment is tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient. Because osteopathic practitioners look at the ‘whole’ picture of human functioning, they also use a variety of approaches which acknowledge the many factors contributing to balance and health.
Osteopathic manual therapy can be effective for pain relief and increasing joint range of motion. Additional benefits can include a deep sense of relaxation, reduced stress, and the ability to be more active with less pain.If you are experiencing pain or dysfunction, or want to take preventative measures to improve your health, osteopathy may help.
Osteopathic Practitioners may be able to help if you are experiencing problems such as*:
- Generalized aches and pains
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain
- Arthritic pain
- General, acute, & chronic back pain and tension
- Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow
- Sleep or energy issues
- Sports injuries
- Injuries from car accidents
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Post-operative pain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Digestive, respiratory or menstrual problems
- Pre and post-natal discomfort
- Jaw dysfunction
- Muscle spasms
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
- Inability to relax
*Osteopathic practitioners are not medically trained and do not diagnose medical conditions. Any information provided by an osteopathic practitioner is not intended to replace medical advice. Osteopathy is not a replacement for medical diagnosis and treatment.
Anne-Marie Mougeot is an Osteopathic Practitioner and Kinesiologist. For more information on her practice, visit www.SquamishFamilyOsteopathy.