Osteopathy is an established recognized system of healthcare which relies on manual contact for diagnosis and treatment. It respects the relationship of body, mind and spirit in health and disease; it lays emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body and the body’s intrinsic tendency for self-healing. Osteopathic treatment is viewed as a facilitative influence to encourage this self regulatory process.
Pain and disability experienced by patients are viewed as resulting from a reciprocal relationship between the musculoskeletal and visceral components of a disease or strain.
For what kinds of problems can osteopathic treatment help?
While often identified with the treatment of back pain, osteopathic treatment is useful in a wide variety of health complaints. The application of osteopathic principles in clinical practice varies with the training, interest and license of the individual practitioner. A partial list of complaints in which osteopathic treatment would commonly be applied would include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Non anginal chest pain
- Athletic or overuse strain injuries
Depending on individual practitioner expertise, osteopathic manipulative treatment may make a significant contribution to the health care management in the following diagnoses:
- Muscle or ligament strains, ankle, elbow, knee
- Traumatic injuries without laceration or fracture
- Pregnancy and childbirth, gestation, labor and post-partum
- Muscle tension headache independent or associated with migraine
- Sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, Otitis media
- Infant colic, plagiocephaly
- Pneumonia, bronchitis, congestive heart failure
- Gastric reflux, non acute cholecystitis
- Anxiety and depression