Osteopathic Manual Therapy, as a practice, was founded by Andrew Taylor Still in 1874 and is a patient-focused, hands-on therapy mainly working on the musculoskeletal system. The school of Osteopathy believes that problems in the spine will send abnormal signals and create an imbalance in a person’s organs and muscles leading to disease and illness. The spine holds our bodies together and it is a main connection to our health throughout the entire body.
Practitioners will identify, assess, and manipulate the body using a gentle approach that aims to rebalance the body’s natural functions. Manual practitioners spend many years developing a sensitive touch in order to help them diagnose and treat the patient’s condition.
Some of the specific techniques that are used by Osteopathic Manual Therapists include: Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Muscle Energy Technique. Osteopathic treatments can also combine with a number of other therapies (like acupuncture or cupping) to achieve pain relief and rebalancement.
Practitioners believe that everything from lower back pain to fibromyalgia, headaches, and IBS can be treated by working directly on the musculoskeletal system.
Osteopathy is commonly used for (but not limited to):
- Chronic & acute pain (back, neck, shoulders, legs, etc)
- Sports injuries (ie. Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow, muscle strain, tension)
- Frozen shoulder
- Headaches and Migraines
- Sciatica and Scoliosis
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Chronic muscle or joint inflammation
- Digestive issues
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