What is Manual Therapy/Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that started in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. The concept and principle of Osteopathy is to bring health to the body. The human body has the ability to heal itself, however occasionally injuries occur from trauma or repetitive stress. In these situations the body may need treatment to help the body through this healing process. Osteopathy takes into consideration all systems and parts of the body and the relationship between each of these. The biggest difference between osteopathy and other forms of treatment is the way that these relationships are considered and the understanding of how detrimental dysfunction in these relationships can be.

What to expect in a treatment

With any given treatment you will have a full assessment to see how the body is moving and functioning. Each time you have a treatment the body should change, either from treatment or everyday life. If you’re not being assessed every single time you have a treatment- there really is no treatment. You can only treat what has been found.
After your assessment treatment will take place, often the treatment is not directly towards where you may have pain, treatment is always aimed at the cause of the dysfunction and pain. Treatment can vary immensely from gentle muscular work, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, and many other forms of joint and tissue manipulations. Treatment will increase your range of motion, vitality, health functions and decrease pain and discomfort. At the end of a treatment you will be re-assessed to see the changes made within the treatment.