Monday, 18 January 2016

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of non-invasive manual therapy that focuses on total body health using “hands on” techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics without the use of drugs.  Its aim is to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.  The science was created in the late 1800s by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, a U.S. physician and surgeon.  It is based upon a precise knowledge of anatomy, physiology, neurology, human biomechanics and the interrelationship of each of these disciplines. 

The therapeutic aim of osteopathy at The Sports Clinic is to restore the mobility of anatomical structures, as well as to allow the free flow and normal fluctuation of all bodily fluids including blood circulation, lymphatic system and other elements.  The science of osteopathy is balanced by the art form of precise palpation skills.  Over time the “general sense” of manual touch becomes a “special sense” (palpation) that complements other senses.  This ability to detect minute modification in the quality of the tissues is the assessment skill that allows the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner to prioritize a patient's course of treatment.

The osteopathic methodology includes determining the origin and effects of aging, trauma and other experiences.  At The Sports Clinic we start by asking a variety of questions to determine how you are “living your life”.  This is followed by a detailed objective assessment, from head to toe, to determine how you are “living in your body”.  We don’t make any assumptions.  Our goal is to find the cause(s) of the patient’s symptoms!  Once the nature of the condition is determined, treatment is directed toward helping the body regain its optimal ability to heal.


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