Osteopathic Manual Therapy

Description

 

The word Osteopathy is derived from two Greek words meaning bone and dysfunction. 

Manual Osteopath is a non-invasive manual therapy. Its techniques are to address the imbalances and reverse the dysfunctions in the body. the integrative modes of therapy address the body-mind. 

Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a valuable option, especially for many women affected from childbirth to menopause.

Treatments include: Muscles, bones, joints, visceral and fascia through soft tissues of the body to achieve and maintain structural balance and health.


Manual Osteopaths Philosophy

"The Body has the capability to protect, repair and regenerate itself to preserve its function and treat itself as one unit"

Concept & Principles

 Osteopathic manual therapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of disorders of the body’s structure, whether it is related to the pelvis, peripheral joints, visceral organs, nervous systems, venous system or spine. 

Osteopathic manual therapists use manipulations to the joints or organs and gentle oscillatory movements to correct biomechanical dysfunctions that are related to neuromusculoskeletal complaints. In addition to this they will also provide advice regarding exercises, diet and lifestyle to augment the bodies own healing capabilities .

 By restoring proper mechanics to an area the osteopathic manual therapists allows the normal flow of fluids and improves function which will help to reduce pain and normal activity for that patient. 

Visceral Manipulations can Benefit:

  • Chronic pain.
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Back, hip and knee pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries, e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Whiplash and other physical Trauma
  • Shoulder Adhesive capsulitis
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Vertigo
  • Post surgical pain and scar tissue
  • Post Cardiac surgery
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Acid reflux and Heartburn
  • Womens health issues
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroid and cysts
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Crohn's Disease
  •  Liver disorders
  • Digestive disorders
  • Pediatric issues
  • Neuromotor problems
  • Emotional disorders
  • Anxiety and Depression

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Visceral manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that helps your Body's ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction.


Reflexology

What is Reflexology

 

There are ten reflex zones on the foot each corresponding to a different body area.  There are additional specific reflex points that correspond to internal organs, glands, and sense organs.  For example, in the center of the pad of the big toe there is a reflex point that corresponds to the pituitary gland; on the ball of the left big toe is a reflex point to the heart, and on the ball of pinky is a reflex zone to the shoulder.  There are over 50 reflex points such as these on the feet.  When these reflexology points are stimulated with specific massage techniques, the body’s natural healing abilities are stimulated.  Pain is reduced; organ function improves, and in some cases, diseases are resolved.  While massage therapists who perform Foot Reflexology are not medical practitioners with the training to either diagnose or treat, the practice of Foot Reflexology over recent decades shows, again and again, the healing potential of this modality.


Foot Reflexology works on several levels.


Research in the 1890s by Henry Head and Charles Sherrington shows us the neurological relationship between the skin and the internal organs, and that the nervous system as a whole adjusts to stimulus.  By applying pressure to the feet, the calming message to peripheral nerves is carried through the central nervous system signaling the body to relax.  This enhanced relaxation allows increased blood supply to the internal organs and their systems. This relaxation allows, additionally, the body to move naturally toward homeostasis and more optimal functioning.  

The neuromatrix theory of pain helps us to understand how Reflexology reduces pain levels in the body.  According to the neuromatrix theory, pain is a subjective experience created by the brain.  The brain does this in response to not only physical stimuli but also in response to emotional or cognitive factors.  Thus, your moods or stress levels can also affect your experience of pain.  Reflexology may reduce pain by reducing stress and improving mood.

Lastly, Reflexology is recognized as a specific type of massage developed based on Zone Theory.  Zone Theory, developed by Dr. William Fitzgerald in the early 1900s, understands the body is divided into 10 vertical zones, each zone corresponding to fingers and toes all the way up to the head.  In Reflexology, every organ, gland, or body part that lies within a zone can be accessed via a reflex zone or point on the foot or hand.  For example, if you work on the horizontal reflex zone at the base of the ball of the foot, you are affecting the solar plexus and diaphragm.  These pathways between reflex zones and other parts of the body are thought to be connected via the nervous system, as described above.


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