Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy, discovered by Dr. A.T. Still in 1874. Osteopathic manual practitioners understand that the body functions as a unit, is capable of self-healing and self-regulation, and that the body’s ability to function is based upon its structural integrity. Through gentle manipulation, practitioners aim to restore movement where it has been lost and improve the quality of arterial, venous, nervous and lymphatic flow. By removing obstructions to this flow, the body demonstrates an amazing ability to heal.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Osteopathy can help individuals of any age, with both acute and chronic ailments. While osteopathic manual practitioners do not specifically treat diagnoses or medical conditions, osteopathic care can reduce symptoms and improve overall health. Some ailments that may benefit from osteopathic treatment include: acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, headaches, breathing issues, digestive complaints, male and female reproductive issues, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
At your first visit, Dana will review your health history and perform a full body assessment. If it is safe to do so, treatment will begin in this first appointment. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in easily (athletic wear, loose clothing).
FOLLOW UP TREATMENT
At each appointment, Dana will complete a reassessment to account for any changes since your last visit. Follow-up appointments are booked as recommended by your practitioner and are specific to the needs of each patient.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, but potent way of working with the body, using light touch. It supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress, and build underlying energy. It is suitable for everyone, from new-born babies to the elderly.
CST treatment is most often carried out with the patient lying down, fully clothed, in a quiet and peaceful environment. Treatment involves very gentle touch of the practitioner’s hands. This light contact may be taken up on the Cranium (head), the Sacrum (tail-bone), the feet, the trunk, or any other part of the body, as appropriate. Treatment is generally experienced as a profound relaxation and reintegration which may pervade the whole person—physically, mentally and emotionally–often accompanied by a feeling of lightness and ease.
The following disorders are suitable for treatment with CST:
- chronic fatigue
- chronic neck/back pain
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- spinal cord injury
- to improve sleep
- and much more.
Osteopaths can treat tensions and dysfunctions of the jaw with gentle, soft tissue release techniques, and mobilization techniques to help rebalance the TMJ.
The treatment starts with full assessment of your condition to identify the cause of your symptoms, and offer appropriate treatment. The Osteopath will check your posture, your neck and spine, and the relation of your TMJ to your skull. He will also look for areas of stress and tension around your TMJ that might be causing the issues.
Once the assessment is completed, the Osteopath will design a treatment plan for you, based on the causes and the severity of your pain. This will include gentle massage and stretching of the muscles of the jaw, plus some Osteopathic techniques to release any tension and reduce pain. Apart from focusing on alleviating the pain, our Osteopath will also work on correcting your posture, and the joints of your neck and back, to solve the cause of the problem and avoid pain in the future.