“A natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues.”
In osteopathic treatment the term natural medicine is to communicate that no drugs, remedies, or surgeries are used instead embracing the self healing qualities of the body. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners work to enhance this quality within the body.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner assesses body as a whole. Through the use of the Canadian College of Osteopathy’s treatment program, the Practitioner is able to diagnose the problem and create an individualized treatment plan. To achieve this plan the Osteopath must:
- Talk to the patient
- Perform a patient osteopathic assessment
- Assess the mobility, quality, position, and rhythms of the body
After determining the origin of the problem the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner uses a treatment plan that is directed toward helping the patient’s body to regulate and heal itself. Osteopathy is a patient centered therapy that is safe, and a gentle and effective form of therapy which primarily focuses on hands-on treatment of the musculoskeletal system (facia, joints, ligaments, and muscles), central nervous system, and organs. Unique in its approach, Osteopathy focuses on prevention and takes a whole person approach to care and treatment. Osteopathy puts an emphasis on prevention and the treatment of disorders through massage and manipulation of joints, bones, and muscles. The hands-on therapy of osteopathy is an effective technique that uses stretching, joint mobilization, exercise, and muscular manipulation in order to enhance the body’s inherent ability to heal its self.
Osteopathic manipulation is a recognized form of manual therapy with a holistic approach to treating pain and discomfort; osteopaths evaluate the body’s structure in relationship to its functionality. Relying on skilled manual techniques to assess the problem and treat the patient, guiding the human body’s natural self healing properties, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular treatments for the relief of pain and pain management.