Techniques and approaches used in osteopathy
Osteopaths are geared with a great range of techniques to address many structures in the body. Your osteopath can be work on your muscles, ligaments, joints, fascia, organs, and the nervous, lymphatic and circulatory systems.
The osteopathic treatment is not just aimed at pain relief, but also at correction, prevention and optimal health. Treatment plans are honed to your exact needs, biotype, psychosocial status, as well as your wants and expectations’. This means the treatment plan is specific to you.
Preventative and maintenance treatment is also very important in osteopathic health-care, to maintain good health and preventing injury or reoccurrence of injury. This is achieved by increasing your body’s range of movement, mobility, and strength, your body is able to perform its physiological functions at an improved level, meaning you can be optimally health, not just relatively healthy.
Your treatment plan may combine any of the following osteopathic approaches:
Structural treatments are based on soft tissue and manipulation techniques. Soft tissue work can include massage, muscle energy techniques, balancing ligamentus tension, and myofascial work. Manipulation may include joint articulation, mobilisation and traction of joints. There are many studies that demonstrate that these techniques work for low back and neck pain, as well as for post-operative hip and knee rehabilitation.
Visceral treatment uses soft tissue techniques to address functional and structural restrictions that can occur within your viscera (internal organs).
The ligamentus and fascial attachments of the viscera to the musculoskeletal system can become restricted from bad posture or injury. Tension patterns from visceral restriction will lead to reduced mobility within the abdominal and pelvic structures. This can lead to problems with the function of different internal organs.
Thermal imaging studies have correlated restrictions that an osteopath feels to changes in thermal output. Studies show that visceral treatment helps with post-operative adhesions, pain perception, back pain, and renal mobility.
Cranial and functional techniques work with the subtle movements and restrictions of the body. With a gentle and supportive approach to restriction, cranial and functional techniques aim to allow tensions to subside at a rate that matches your neurological and circulatory systems. In this way the outcome is at a rate that your body can handle, and no treatment is forced.
The movements felt by osteopaths during cranial have been linked to Traube-Hering-Mayer waves (cyclic changes in the arterial pressure), vasomotor changes, and fluid dynamics within muscles and joints, and the brain & spinal cord. Benefits of cranial includes reduction in headaches, migraines, visual disturbance, and pain; as well as tempero-mandibular joint, back and neck pain.
The Total Body Adjustment approach involves a full body diagnostic and treatment experience that is tailored to the needs of your body’s current health. This particularly aims to improve overall circulation, fluid dynamics, and functional neurology. It creates harmony and coordination between joints, muscles, ligaments and the nervous system.
You do not need to suffer from a particular condition or problem to benefit from this type of treatment, as it aims for optimal health.