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Manual Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. Manual Osteopaths also use many forms of active and passive stretching such as Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)

Who can benefit from Osteopathy?

  • People of all ages suffering with digestive disorders, or chronic illness.
  • Anyone with repetitive strain injuries, or post-accident.
  • Newborns, infants, toddlers, children of all ages.

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What you should aspect?

On your first visit, a complete health history, your current health conditions, concerns and treatments are discussed. A full overall physical and functional examination is conducted. The findings of the assessment and a treatment plan is discussed with you. Referrals to other health care practitioners is recommended when appropriate. Treatment may involve an extensive range of hands-on techniques; soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, mobilization and/or gentle adjustments of the soft issues and joints. The frequency of treatments recommended is based on assessment findings. Adequate time between visits is required to allow your body to integrate the changes that occur from one treatment to the next. You may be asked to sit or recline on the examination table; loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

Osteopathic treatment techniques include

• Myofascial, Connective Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapies – returns muscles and fascia to their original length, thus removing strain from joints and organs

• Cranial Osteopathy – attends to the underlying biorhythm and motion of the dural membranes and fluid which surround and invest the brain and spinal cord, and which influence cellular exchange throughout the whole body

• Visceral Mobilization - relieves stressful forces acting on internal organs or their suspensory ligaments, which improves mobility & blood flow, and helps the organ function more effectively

• Osteoarticular Corrections - gentle realignment of bony joints to encourage efficient weight bearing and movement, and normalize associated function;

Are There Any Risks Associated With Osteopathy?

Although the techniques are gentle, you may be sore for 24 to 48 hours after visiting your osteopathic doctor. It is also common to feel stiff as though you were exercising. You may also experience a minor headache for a short time. Older people who receive osteopathic medicine can have more severe pain although it is less common. Numbness and tingling might be present if you have osteoporosis.

Common issues we have been treated with Manual Osteopathy

  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Jaw pain (TMJ disorder)
  • Reduced edema
  • Bursitis and Tendinitis
  • Nerve function stimulation
  • Joint Pain and Arthritis
  • Increased blood flow
  • Motor Vehicle Accident related pain
  • Sports Injury related pain (including concussions)
  • Over-Use / Repetitive Strain Injury related pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • And more

Is an Osteopathic Doctor the Same as a Chiropractor?

Although visiting a chiropractor can help some of the same health ailments as osteopathy, they are different types of medicine. Mainly because a chiropractor will pop or crack specific joints that are problematic areas. Osteopathy, on the other hand, views the body as a whole including the inner organs, muscles, and skeletal system.

What the People of Halifax / Dartmouth / Cole harbour/ Bedford should know when looking for a treatment

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