Osteopathy Guelph - Natural Choice Medical Clinic

OSTEOPATHY

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic, natural, manual therapy that treats the entire body as a unit; as all structure and functions within the body are interrelated and affect one another. Osteopathy focuses on three major treatment techniques including: musculoskeletal therapy, cranial therapy, and visceral therapy.

Musculoskeletal treatment applies manual techniques to address dysfunction and adhesions in muscle, joints, ligaments and tendons to decrease physical discomfort and increase mobility and function of the musculoskeletal system.

Cranial-Sacral therapy treatment involves gentle manipulations of cranial bones and sacrum, focusing on the cranial rhythm to help many dysfunctions including headaches, migraines, vertigo, earaches, and concussions.

Visceral therapy involves manipulation of organs throughout the body. These gentle mobilizations help with dysfunctions including, but not limited to, heartburn, constipation, ulcers, gallbladder symptoms and indigestion.

Osteopathy treatment outcomes are directed towards achieving balance among all systems to improve function and attain optimal well being.

WHAT ARE APPOINTMENTS LIKE?

Initial Consult

The Initial Assessment Consultation is one hour in duration. During this appointment, your practitioner will review your intake forms and discuss with you your specific concerns and reason for seeking osteopathy treatment. Your practitioner will conduct a postural assessment, specific special tests, and palpation assessment to determine possible causes of your symptoms and create a plan for treatment to improve your symptoms and function. After receiving your voluntary consent to the treatment plan, your practitioner will then conduct a treatment during this session.

Treatment:

Osteopathy Treatment is 30 minutes in duration. During this appointment, a postural and palpation assessment will be performed to assess changes from the initial treatment and subsequent treatments. Treatment will include gentle manipulations of affecting structures contributing to your symptoms to restore balance and optimal function. Exercise prescription may be provided depending on the type of dysfunction to further help improve your mobility outside of treatments.

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