What is Osteopathy? Image depicts osteopathic mobilizations of tissue on low back of a patient.

Ottawa and Kemptville Osteopathy: The relief you may be looking for.

Have you ever heard of osteopathy and wondered what it is? Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that has been gaining popularity in recent years.

Do you suffer from pain that doesn’t seem to go away no matter what you do? You’re not alone. In fact, pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical help. Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that can help reduce pain and improve your overall health. Our Vitality Osteopathic manual practitioner uses a hands-on approach backed by science to restore balance and decrease tension in your body. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional medicine, osteopathy may be right for you!

So what is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy, also known as Osteopathic Medicine, is a treatment system that emphasizes the musculoskeletal structure and function of the body. It was created by Andrew Taylor Still, an osteopath, in 1892, and has become a widely used form of alternative medicine.

Osteopathy is a distinct form of alternative medicine that differs from practices like chiropractic and acupuncture. Its emphasis is on the body’s musculoskeletal structure and function, rather than the organs and glands, with the belief that many illnesses stem from issues with this system. Osteopaths use manual therapy and spinal manipulation to alleviate such problems.

Osteopathic manipulation of soft tissue and muscle.

Osteopaths consider this treatment effective due to the close connection between the body’s musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. They believe that issues with the musculoskeletal system can impact the nervous system and result in various problems, such as pain.

In recent years, osteopathy has become more popular. People seek out osteopaths because they believe it’s a safe and effective way to treat various ailments. Osteopaths believe in their treatment methods because they see a close connection between the musculoskeletal structure and the rest of the body. This connection allows them to cure a wide range of ailments.

Osteopaths use various treatment methods, including spinal manipulation performed by hand. Patients lie on a table while the osteopath applies pressure to specific points on the body known as “trigger points.” The pressure is believed to relieve tension in these areas of the body.

The treatment methods utilized by osteopaths may cause discomfort, but the majority of patients who receive osteopath treatment experience a faster recovery from their ailments compared with other treatment options.

Osteopaths use different treatment methods besides spinal manipulation. These methods include soft tissue massage and joint mobilization, which can reduce pain and increase range of motion. Osteopaths undergo special training to ensure they provide effective treatment and understand the effects of each method on different parts of the body. This allows them to adjust their treatments accordingly.

Can Osteopathy help me with my pain?

Osteopathic medicine considers the entire body for treatment, addressing various conditions such as neck and joint pain, chronic pain, and mental health issues. Osteopaths may employ techniques like spinal manipulation, soft tissue massage, and joint mobilization for manual therapy.

Osteopaths develop personalized treatment plans for patients that consider physical symptoms along with lifestyle factors like diet and exercise, resulting in tailored approaches that address individual needs.

Osteopathy aims to treat the whole person, not a single disease or injury. Osteopathic manual therapy can help improve symptoms of:

  • Acute & chronic injuries
  • Digestive disorders (IBS, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Pre- & post-operative conditions
  • Excessive scarring post-surgery
  • Asthma
  • Heartburn, reflux
  • Bloating
  • Disc herniations
  • Nerve root impingements – (e.g. sciatica)
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Ligament sprains (tears)
  • Muscular strains
  • Tendonitis, ruptured tendons
  • Joint instabilities
  • Medial & lateral epicondylitis
  • Bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Facet irritations
  • Headaches and concussions
  • Pelvic pain
  • Menstrual pain, endometriosis
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports injuries, pain during running
  • Joint dislocations /subluxations
  • Restrictions in joint range of motion
  • Muscular weakness/atrophy
  • Core weakness or loss of flexibility
  • Central and lateral stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tension headaches
  • TMJ (jaw) pain
  • Abnormal gait pattern
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Torticollis
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Fractures
  • Meniscal tears
  • Pregnancy-related back pain
  • Overuse injuries
  • General deconditioning

We’re the pain relief you’ve been searching for.

Osteopathy, manual therapy, and exercise can become a crucial part of your recovery, simply by contacting Vitality Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre today. Don’t suffer from aches and pains any longer! Get started on your path toward long-lasting relief today. We offer Osteopathy in Ottawa and Kemptville, book online now!

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