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Manual Osteopathy is a group of related techniques that look at the deeper layers of the body.
The body is a complex machine with many layers. Every day our body endures stresses, strains and injuries that can often cause the tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system, viscera and fascia network. These distortions cause tension to form around the fascia, brain, spinal cord, and organs resulting in restrictions in movement, function and pain.
Underneath the pain or diagnosis is a compensatory pattern created in the body where the initial source of dysfunction is often far from where the pain is felt. All these aforementioned systems are in perpetual motion. When you breathe, walk and stretch, your deeper layers move in subtle ways. So subtle that we rarely think about it. When you are healthy, all the structures move with an interconnected fluidity but when a system is no longer freely mobile or is fixed to another structure the body is forced to compensate. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal point of tension and the chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems throughout the body.
Manual Osteopathy searches out this pattern, determines the source and treats those related tissues. The treatment is a hands on compression, mobilization and elongation of the soft tissues.
Three main techniques are used:
Known as “Rolfing”, Myofascial Release a technquie that works on the connective tissue adhesions. The slow, penetrating pressure of this style of bodywork takes advantage of the unique property of fascia to soften and change its state when steady pressure of this style pressure is applied. See Rolfing page for more about Rolfing.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) has the most influence over the body’s ability to function. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands- on approach to releasing tensions within the central nervous system. CST evaluates and releases restrictions in the central nervous system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing.
Conditions CranioSacral Therapy addresses:
Concussion and traumatic brain injury
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Central Nervous System Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
And many other conditions
Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that aids and encourages the body’s natural ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that lead to pain and dysfunction.
“Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver kidneys and intestines. Treatment using this techniques that involves feelings for altered or decreased motion within the viscera, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies gentle visceral manipulation techniques.
Conditions Visceral Manipulation addresses:
Chronic musculoskeletal pain
Headaches and Migraines
Back, hip and knee pain
Repetitive strain injuries, e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Whiplash and other physical trauma
Shoulder periarthritis and capsulitis
Restricted range of motion
Post-surgical pain and Scar tissue
Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Women's health issues
Fibroids and Cysts
Ward off infection
Anxiety and Depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
And many other conditions