What is Osteopathy?
The goal of an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is to remove afflictions that may be limiting a patient’s ability to work or enjoy certain activities and sports and in turn bring back their quality of life. Osteopathy is the use of one’s hands to analyze, mobilize, activate and, ultimately, treat certain parts of a patient’s body that may be causing pain, stiffness or discomfort.
Throughout the analysis, the practitioner uses their hands to feel certain bone landmarks, muscle bellies and insertions/origins of muscles. Upon completing the analysis, the practitioner establishes an understanding of irregularities in the structure of the patient’s body and can proceed with treatment through Mobilization and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET).
Mobilization is the movement of body parts around joints in order to:
• Increase blood flow,
• Stimulate hormonal release,
• Rid the area of any blockages or unneeded elements and
• Provide oxygen and reparative substances to the afflicted area
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are a procedure of flexing, relaxing and stretching in order to activate and strengthen the muscles in the affected area, helping stabilize the joint, which will reduce further damage and allow for the damage to heal quicker.
Osteopathy is proven to be as effective as standard healthcare without the use of pharmaceuticals!