What is Osteopathy? The Canadian College of Osteopathy defines it as “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.”
What exactly does that mean? When you arrive at your osteopathy appointment, it’s best to be wearing something similar to what you may wear to a yoga class. Unlike other appointments, you remain clothed. You’ll start with an in depth assessment to see how your body is moving and any problem areas, ranging from your spine or ankles to your organs. Osteopathy treats your body as a whole, which means that while you’re having hip pain, you may receive treatment in your shoulders and neck which allow for your hips to move better.
From there, you’ll receive a hands on manual treatment specific to what is going on in your body. You may receive stretching, gentle pressure or resistance; often the movements feel quite gentle, but have a big impact.
My experience with my osteopathic treatment with Julie included decreased pain in my knees and joints, being able to breathe deeper, much improved sleep and better overall range of motion.
If you’re interested in learning about how adding osteoapthy to your health care routine may benefit you, Julie’s schedule may be viewed here: https://anatomica.janeapp.com/#/osteopathy