WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

The human body is a complex organism and our anatomic systems are intricately interconnected. Osteopathy is based on the concept that the physiological function of the human body is governed by its structural biomechanics and that a restriction within one area of the body can cause or be caused by a restriction within another area or system.

For instance, a structural restriction within the musculoskeletal system can directly or indirectly be caused by a cranial (skull) bone lesion or visceral (organ) adhesion and vice versa. Osteopathic palpation and methods of assessment are used to locate these points of restriction. Non-invasive techniques are then utilized to engage the patient's parasympathetic nervous system and aid the body's natural ability to release the tension within the restricted area. Once the primary restriction has been released, the physiological dysfunction within all affected areas and systems can return to normal function.

THERE ARE THREE OSTEOPATHIC APPROACHES FOR TREATMENT: 

 
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STRUCTURAL OSTEOPATHY

Structural osteopathy involves an osteopathic assessment of the patient's musculoskeletal system structure and biomechanics. It's common for a structural misalignment, causing inflammation, tension and muscle spasm, to impinge upon the nervous system or arterial blood flow. Joint mobilization and muscle energy techniques are used to treat pain and dysfunction...

 
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CRANIOSACRAL OSTEOPATHY

The purpose of cranial bone articulation (movement) is to accommodate for the movement of the primary respiratory mechanism. Misalignments of cranial bones cause restrictions, which impinge upon the intracranial venous flow and affect the sufficient interchange of cerebrospinal fluid needed for normal fluctuations to occur within the subarachnoid space. Stagnation of cerebrospinal fluid could then cause implications within other systems of the body and eventually lead to pathology... 

 
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VISCERAL OSTEOPATHY

Developed by Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, the visceral approach in osteopathy involves a gentle form of manual technique, which focuses on ensuring proper inherent motility (movement) of the internal organs and their connective tissues. Postural imbalances, inflammation and other physiological factors or surgery can be the cause of organ adhesion to one another. When this occurs, the disruption to the organ's natural motility will eventually jeopardize its vital function...