Osteopathy is a manual form of therapy that emphasizes the relationship between structure and function and embraces the philosophy that the body has an innate or natural ability to self-regulate and heal itself.
The key factor that permits this process, is the unimpeded circulation of the body’s fluids such as blood, lymph, cerebrospinal fluid, digestive juices and other cellular fluids. Osteopathy helps to facilitate that process by working with the interrelated systems and functions of the body and the health of joints and muscles.
Structural or physical impediments include fascial tensions, scar tissue and adhesions that pull on the organs and skeletal frame. Non-structural impediments may include emotional patterns that are responsible for maintaining the body in a certain pattern of adaptation such as impaired breathing patterns or breath holding.
These adaptations are quite often the response to stressful incidents of the past or present, or cumulative such as chronic tension and raising of the shoulders due to stress. Over time, the body gradually loses its ability to efficiently self-regulate and to self-heal.
Manual osteopathic techniques such as craniosacral therapy, positional joint release, myofascial, lymphatic and visceral techniques are used to help bring balance back to the body’s systems and into that self-regulatory and self-healing mode again.
A light touch osteopathic approach that can create dramtic improvements by releasing tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction. The craniosacral system has a significant impact on the central nervous system - the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
Your body absorbs stresses and strains but can only handle so much before the tissues begin to tighten and affect the brain and spinal cord compromising the function of the central nervous system and eventually every other system in your body.