About Osteopathy

Gentle and Effective Treatment To Improve Your Health

Osteopathy is a safe and effective patient centred manual therapy which works in combination with the individuals own homeostatic mechanisms to help restore balance and optimal health. It works with the understanding that the way the body is able to function is inseparable from the way it is structured.

All aspects of the body must work together to maintain health and the osteopathic approach is able to address the person as a whole to improve not only structure and therefore function but overall health and wellbeing.

Osteopathic Practitioners support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health by using skilled palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs.

The World Health Organization, in its 2010 report on Osteopathy, recognized osteopathy as distinct from other healthcare professions that utilize manual techniques, such as physiotherapy and chiropractic, despite some overlap in the techniques and interventions employed.

WHO Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy, 2010

Osteopathic Practitioners treat people of all ages, from newborns to seniors. If you are experiencing pain or dysfunction, or want to take preventative measures to improve your health, Osteopathy can help.

Osteopathic Practitioners can help if you are experiencing problems such as:

  • Neck and back pain and tension
  • Headaches
  • Sleep or energy issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Concussion
  • Injuries from car accidents
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Digestive, respiratory or menstrual problems
  • Pre and post-natal support
  • Jaw dysfunction

Osteopathy is drug and surgery free. It optimizes the body’s ability to heal itself and achieve balance. Benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased circulation
  • Trauma healing
  • Hormonal balance
  • Decreased stress and tension
  • Improved posture

The Art and Science of Osteopathy

Osteopathic Practitioners respect the contribution of mind, body, and spirit to health. The founder of Osteopathy, A.T. Still, developed the concept of the “Triune Man”. He maintained that “Man is composed of Matter, Movement and Spirit”.

Osteopathic Practitioners are extensively trained in the human sciences, the interrelationships of all bodily systems and the art of assisting alignment, organic function, neurovascular health, and circulation of all body fluids.

Our approach is unique because we combine a detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, with the philosophy of osteopathic healthcare. We aim to find the root cause of your pain and not just treat the symptoms.

Osteopathic Practitioners view the body as a whole functioning unit. Osteopathic practitioners appreciate that the body has the potential to heal itself, and we are trained to assist in optimizing this potential using a wide variety of manual techniques. We focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs work with each other.

We Respect Our Patients

We’re in this together. We value the relationship we have with each of our patients. We take the time to understand the challenges and the unique combination of symptoms, medical history, lifestyle and health goals of our patients. We understand that physical problems can be caused by emotional stress and strain, and we work to help you find the source of your problem. We value the art of listening with presence, and view patients as a unique individual with their own story.

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