Osteopathy is a type of hands-on therapy that can help a wide range of conditions and symptoms.
A healthy body is one that is in balance. Organs, various tissues and fluids are meant to move slightly when you're healthy. An osteopath uses their extremely well-trained hands to sense when something is blocked (a joint, an organ, etc.). We may then use a number of gentle treatments to restore that balanced movement to the affected area.
Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the whole body, including the nerves, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues. In addition to using the hands (palpation) to sense the body's structures, osteopathy also uses gentle joint adjustments, cranio-sacral techniques, muscle energy techniques, visceral manipulation, myofascial release and other techniques to help your body’s own repair mechanisms. An osteopath may also suggest exercises and postural advice to aid recovery and prevent symptoms recurring.
Below is a short video describing what osteopathy is and how an osteopath can help.
Video by Caryn Seniscal, D.O. (MP) from the
Vancouver Osteopathy Center