Manual Osteopathy is a holistic form of healthcare in which the practitioner treats the body as a whole. The practitioner considers the body’s structures like the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, connective tissues and bones and joints as an interconnected system. It also offers the added benefit of osteopathic diagnosis.
Manual osteopathy is used in systemic wellness care as well as in acute and chronic pain that results from injury, imbalance or lesions and other structural and visceral dysfunction. It increases blood flow and reduces inflammation. It increases flexibility and range of motion.
Some of the various techniques used in manual osteopathy are mobilization of joints, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, strain-counterstrain, trigger point therapy, positional facilitated release, visceral manipulation, lymphatic drainage and cranial osteopathy. These techniques are used to treat pain and dysfunction in the head and neck, lumbar and thoracic spine, sacroiliac and hip joints, shoulder, knee, hand and foot.
Osteopathic techniques are gentle, gradually restoring function and alleviating pain.