Osteopathic manual therapy aims to restore function by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. Using palpation an osteopath will assess the position and mobility of tissues in the body to feel the quality, position and mobility and determine the methods needed during the appointment. Bones, fascia, muscle, and other tissues may all be addressed in order to treat the body as a whole and optimize the body's natural ability to self regulate. Osteopathic philosophy embraces the belief that the body has an inherent capacity to heal itself if the environment is optimal. Over time, the body becomes less resilient as this ability to efficiently self-regulate diminishes. Some of this loss may be due to the aging process, to posture, trauma, accident, illness, surgical scarring, childbirth, repetitive activity, or the cumulative effects of poor sleep and stress.
An osteopath uses manual techniques to liberate the fascia, tissues and bones to increase mobility and circulation so that the environment for healing is improved.
Common reasons to visit an osteopath
Osteopathy is not a replacement for medical advice.