Osteopathic Treatment is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. Osteopathic Treatment is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Osteopathy is a patient centred discipline, which means your treatment plan will be formulated for you as an individual, because symptoms sometimes show up in a different part of your body from where the problem actually is and there may be several factors contributing to the symptoms you experience.
Osteopaths use a gentle hands-on approach to investigate the underlying causes of pain and to administer treatment using a variety of manipulative techniques. This fundamental technique is called osteopathic palpation.
Osteopathic palpation is what makes osteopathy different from other forms of therapy. Manual practitioners use it in the four major treatment techniques:
Soft Tissue Manipulation
The practitioner uses soft tissue manipulation in many different ways. In general, they use it to evaluate the condition of tissues and to help the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing smoothly reduces harmful fluid retention and makes the body’s immune system more effective.
Osteopathic Articular Technique
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use this technique to:
- reduce muscle spasms near a joint
- ease neurological irritations around a joint
- make joints more mobile
- reduce pain and discomfort
A click is sometimes heard when the correction is made. This is nothing more than the synovial fluid moving through the joint.
The osteopathic articular technique is a very small component of osteopathy. Patients who do not want to have this (or any other) technique performed on them are encouraged to discuss their concerns with their practitioner. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners can use other methods to achieve similar results.
This is the most gentle osteopathic technique, and it requires the most experience to use effectively. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum, and other parts of the body.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body, including:
Clients may feel pain in one or more of these organs, or the viscera may be less pliable than it should be. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners gently move the structures themselves and the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds them to restore full movement.
Most patients treated with visceral manipulation feel only gentle pressure of the osteopathic manual practitioner’s hand. But the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, improve blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.
Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.
Alex Zaslavsky has been a registered massage therapist since 2008. Alex’s introduction to manual haling practices/therapy started in his early teens, when he was actively involved in contact sports. Sports massage during and after wrestling workouts or competitions provided him with certain skills and enough confidence to treat athletes or anyone who wanted or needed massage treatments.
Several serious injuries which Alex suffered in the course of his wrestling career, made him retire from the sport. Alex needed to heal himself naturally, which he knew would take a long time. In the process of observing and participating in therapeutic sessions in which he happened to be a patient, months of recovery from his many injuries, knowledge of exercise, and patience, combining with his education as a Massage Therapist, gave him a valuable ability and knowledge in treating people with musculoskeletal injuries, pain or discomfort.
Besides Massage Therapist, Alex is also a Registered Acupuncturist, he teaches massage technique classes at Euro Training Center and now proud to say an Osteopathic Manual Treatment Practitioner at the Spa at Old Mill Toronto.