Osteopathy is the knowledge of the structure, relation and function of each part of the human body applied to the correction of whatever interferes with its harmonious operation.
– George V. Webster, D.O., 1921
Osteopathy is a natural, drugless therapy and a treatment philosophy that addresses the whole person.
Osteopathy’s gentle, hands-on approach emphasizes the body’s ability to self-regulate and self-heal. This non-invasive manual medicine aims at the root of the problem to clear both symptoms and their cause. This is accomplished by removing obstructions and restoring proper functioning of musculoskeletal system, nerves, arteries, veins, lymphatics, and the cerebrospinal fluid.
Osteopathy leads with the idea that structure dictates function: Muscles attach to bones and when the bones are misaligned, the function of the corresponding muscles is also affected. Furthermore the spinal column and skull house the nervous system, a control center to the entire body. Improper alignment of those structures will translate to improper functioning in the nervous system and the corresponding organs.
At your first appointment your osteopathic manual practitioner may :
- Conduct a thorough review of your health to assess your current and past health and your primary concerns.
- Conduct a physical examination to evaluate your condition and assess the systems and structures of your body that may be related to your complaint, such a your posture, your gait and the motion of your joints
- Palpate various areas of your body to assess the tone of your tissues (their strength and tension), your biorhythm and any restrictions.
These treatments can be as gentle and relaxing as they are rigourous.
It’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothing, such as shorts and a T-shirt or sports bra.