Osteopathic Manual Therapy

Osteopathy is a natural treatment which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance not just the symptoms.

Osteopathy embraces the philosophy that the body has a natural ability to self-regulate and to heal itself.

Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance using touch, stretching, movement and physical manipulation to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help the body’s own healing mechanisms. They also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health, and prevent symptoms recurring.

What are some conditions that are treated with Osteopathy?

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and tendonitis
  • Hips, knee, shoulder pain
  • Nerve issues such as sciatica, tingling, and numbness
  • Discomfort within the reproductive system such as painful menstruation
What does an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (OMP) do?
A treatment plan is formulated by understanding the relationship between the structure of the body and how well it functions, and knowing the connections between all the tissues, fluids, organs and systems of the body.
Step 1) Interview 
The OMP will take a complete health history of the patient and will ask questions relating to the current health issue or injury.
Step 2) Physical Assessment
The OMP will use a hands on palpation technique to assess the positionmobility and quality of tissues, fluids, and rhythms of the body.
Step 3) Treatment
Based on the nature of the patient’s condition, treatment is directed toward helping the body regain its optimal ability to circulate the fluids unimpeded and in sufficient quantity. This restoration of circulation leads to the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself.  The treatment can include continued hands on sessions with the OMP.

Hands – on sessions may include the following:

  • soft tissue stretching, pressure, and traction technique
  • myofascial release
  • thrust technique
  • muscle energy technique
  • counterstrain technique

Other forms of treatment can be in the form of exercise prescription (supervised or unsupervised) and/or other lifestyle related suggestions.