What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy practice based on the science and philosophy of the relationship between anatomy (structure) and physiology (function).
Under normal circumstances, the body is self-healing and self-regulating. When the body’s equilibrium is exhausted by injury, stress or disease, multiple symptoms and pathologies can occur. Manual Osteopathy facilitates the removal of the obstructions and interferences that compromise health.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy is the manual manipulation of the body by a trained and qualified Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. Using a complete understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and physiology, an OMP will assess the position, mobility and vitality of each component part to get to the root cause of the issue. Osteopathy recognizes the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The practitioner’s role is to facilitate the removal of obstructions and interferences to unlock the body’s natural capacity for self-correction.
After the OMP has made their assessment, using their extensive knowledge base, they may begin to adjust using any and all parts of the body. The assessment and treatment are specific to the body on the table and therefore specially designed for you and what your body needs at that moment in time. No two treatments are the same, nor should they be. OMPs are trained to assess and treat all tissues and joints of the body. Osteopathic Manual Therapy uses gentle manipulations that affects the nervous system during and certainly after treatment. This isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ healthcare routine. Osteopathic Manual Therapy is as individual as you are and catered to your specific needs.
Our Osteopathy service is offered at our Baden, Driftwood, and Waterloo locations.
Find Your Clinic
Patients seeking Osteopathy come to LiveWell Health and Physiotherapy because of our holistic approach. Not only do we want to help patients by manually restoring health, but we also want to empower them with exercises and techniques to improve their lifestyles and overall muscle health. Osteopathy is currently offered at our Baden and Waterloo clinics.
How Can Osteopathy Help Me?
Osteopathy is the ideal treatment for a wide variety of conditions, pains, and general body maintenance. Whether you have a disease, disorder, dysfunction, or are just in pain, our team can detect and treat any bodily tensions. Using non-invasive manual therapy, our Waterloo and Baden Osteopaths will unlock your body’s natural ability for self-correction and health restoration. This can involve following the tissue into specific positions while utilizing internal forces and rhythms through a series of purposeful movements. Some of the most common conditions our Osteopaths treat are listed below.
Muscle or tissue tension
General or chronic body pain
Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
Impact or sports injuries
Frozen or stiff shoulder
Repetitive use injuries
Trauma from whiplash or falls
Joint and ligament injuries
Fertility and pregnancy issues
Injury and surgical scar tissue
Delayed fine or gross motor skills
Poor sleep patterns
The LiveWell Approach
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that requires years of professional training and clinical practice. Our experienced Baden and Waterloo Osteopaths apply their in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the body in order to find the root cause of your problems. All of our clinics take a patient-centred approach that includes individualized treatment plans and open communication to provide the best care possible.
Osteopathy Treatment Plans
We will always take the time to develop an osteopathy treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. We begin with an initial assessment to get a better idea about your current condition, medical history, lifestyle, and body. Our Waterloo and Baden Osteopaths will ask you about your goals and then put together a treatment plan to help you reach them. We tailor all of our osteopathy treatment plans to each unique patient so that we can properly explain your recovery, track your progress, and get your body back in motion.
A typical Osteopathy treatment involves soft tissue massage work, joint mobilization to improve movement and muscle energy techniques to stretch tight muscles. Using manual palpation to assess the mobility, position and vitality of the tissue, restrictions can be determined anywhere in the body. Areas of swelling, tenderness, tension, thermal differences and quality of mobility are evaluated.
Our Baden and Waterloo treatments seek to identify the cause of the tension and uses gentle non-invasive manual therapy to unlock the body’s natural capacity for self-correction; improving function, increasing mobility, enhancing circulation and restoring health. The therapist releases restrictions by locating tensions, following the tissue into specific positions and engaging internal rhythms and forces while continuing to follow the tissue through a series of movements.