What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual form of healing founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. It emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body, relying on the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is a gentle, hands-on manual therapy that is individualized for each patient. Treatment involves manual adjustments that are focussed on relieving pressures and restrictions.
How can Osteopathy help?
While the scope of osteopathic treatment is unlimited, many common health conditions for which patients have found improvements with osteopathy include musculoskeletal dysfunction (ex. aches of the back, head, neck, hands, or feet, arthritis, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, accidents, and postural problems), neurological disorders (ex. sciatica), poor circulation and edema, sinus and nasal congestion, headaches and migraines, digestive issues, respiratory problems (ex. asthma), menstrual pain, poor sleeping patterns, and much more.
What is a Classical Osteopath?
Osteopathy works to address the root cause of chief complaints by addressing the whole body as a complete unit of function. Classical Osteopathy is true to the founding principles of the profession and thus a classical osteopath is trained to treat a range of conditions, from pain to organ dysfunction, relying on their in depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and osteopathic principles.
What can I expect?
An initial assessment involves a health history intake and a physical assessment, followed by a treatment, the entire process taking approximately 45 minutes. Follow-up treatments are approximately 20-30 minutes in length. You are not required to undress for appointments, however wearing comfortable, non-restrictive clothing is recommended.