Osteopathic medicine believes that disease or illness can stem from structural problems in the spine, where long nerves connect the spine to vital bodily organs. When an individual encounters spinal problems, the long nerve’s communication with the body’s organs is disrupted. Osteopathic manipulation techniques are then used to treat these spinal problems and to allow the spinal nerves to regain proper communication with the body. This restructuring of the spine allows individuals to use their own natural healing powers to restore their optimal health. Osteopaths use a non-invasive and hands-on techniques to maximize the circulation of nerve supply, hormone secretion and circulation along the spine. These techniques include: stretching and releasing connective tissues, strengthening unstable joints, improving nerve supply, enhancing circulation and lymphatic drainage.
During an osteopathic consultation, the therapist listens to the complaints of the client, assesses the systems and structures of the body that may be related to the area of complaint and implements a manual treatment plan based on their health and physical assessment. Osteopathic treatments are customized according to age, physical characteristics and specific reactions to treatments.