Osteopathy: An Emphasis of Structure, and Function
Osteopathy is a manual form of therapy that emphasizes the relationship between the structure and function of anatomy and physiology, while treating the human body as a whole. First introduced by founder A.T. Still in the 1870s, osteopathy is a science, a philosophy, and a practice. The therapy is is based on principles, and the cornerstone belief that the body has the ability to self heal and self regulate. Treatment is specific to the patients individual needs and may involve the soft tissues, nervous systems and visceral organs, through the use of gentle manipulations.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a way of thinking through treatment to determine the disconnect between physical (form), and physiological (function). This is is why Osteopaths are very much functional anatomists using this form of manual therapy to find the health; rather than to focus on the disease.
Treatments work on restoring proper mechanics, nervous tissue function, and proper circulation of body fluids to allow the body to return to a healthy state. Our Burlington Osteopathic practitioners recognize the body’s need to maintain a homeostatic balance, and to self heal. The role of the Osteopathic practitioner is to aid the body in doing so, and to follow these principals to help remove obstructions and lesions that are interfering with the proper nutrition of the bodies tissues. Manual Osteopathic Practitioners are educated and trained to work exclusively without the use of drugs by using manual methods for structural assessment and treatment.
What to Expect From a Visit?
At your initial visit, our Burlington based Osteopathic practitioner will take you through a detailed intake, and history. After your history is reviewed, you will have a physical examination and assessment that will direct our Osteopathic on the best route to take for your treatment. Often this starts with a general whole body treatment to determine your body overall functional health, and to address any postural or structural compensations. While the treatments are very gentle it is not uncommon to be a little tender or sore for the next 24 to 48 hours as the body is moving back towards its proper functions and physiological movements. As each person is different treatment is set towards your individual health and well being. Most often, patients are amazed at what is discovered, and how good they feel after treatment. Finding the root causes are the most effective way to make sure you can regain your health!