Discovered and developed in the late 1900’s by American physician Dr. Andrew Still, osteopathy is a holistic approach which seeks to remove obstructions to the body’s innate self-regulating abilities. What makes osteopathy unique is the highly refined sense of palpation which the practitioner develops and uses, along with biomechanical analysis and other tests and techniques, to assess and treat the whole body.
Osteopathic techniques include:
1) cranial osteopathy: addresses the vitality and mobility of the dural membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which nourish and protect the brain and spinal cord.
2) myofascial and connective tissue therapy: treats restrictions of the muscles, fascia and connective tissues.
3) osteo-articular corrections: gentle manipulation of joints which relieve restriction and restore proper motion.
4) visceral manipulation: gentle but direct work to the organs and viscera and their ligamentous/ fascial attachments to relieve pain and improve function.