Manual Etiotherapy/Osteopathy

An Art and Science of manual treatment that aims to normalize alignment and function.

Structure Dictates Function

 

A.T. Still, founder of osteopathy, said "Structure governs function" - this means that when the body is free to move, it is functioning properly.

Manual Etiotherapy is a holistic approach to find and address the cause of disharmony in the body via recognizing that your health and well-being is tied to the structure and function of all systems working together.

The tenets of modern Osteopathy:

  • The rule of the artery is absolute
  • The body has the capacity to auto-normalize
  • The body functions as a global unit
  • The body follows the rule of complexity
  • Structure dictates function (but there is a synergy).

Fascial & Structural Approach

Fascia connects every part of the body; it is the skin of ALL human body parts:

  • Skin of the Lungs - Pleura
  • Skin of the Heart - Pericardium
  • Skin of the Brain & Spinal Cord - Dura mater
  • Skin of the muscles - Epimysium
  • Skin of the vessels - Adventitia
  • Skin of the tendons, ligaments - aponeurosis
  • Skin of the digestive system - peritoneum

It is important for the fascia to be free for the body to be able to properly function.

Fascial & Structural Treatments is beneficial for:

  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Arthritis/Arthrosis
  • Nerve Compression
  • Swelling
  • Bursitis
  • Concussions
  • Sprains
  • Joint pain
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain

Cranial Approach

WG Sutherland discovered movements intrinsic to the cranial membranes which justify the micro-mobility of the bones of the skull. The biomechanics of hundreds of joints in the skull affect the body in many ways. The consequences on the sensory organs, the cranial nerves, the different parts of the brain are vast.

Cranial treatment can support a variety of issues such as:

  • Concussions/Trauma
  • Poor sleep
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Sinus Issues

Visceral Approach

Proper quality and movement of the internal organs and their surrounding connective tissue are also important to consider, even when dealing with an orthopedic issue.

For example, the pericardium is a membrane that surrounds the heart and serves to support it and hold it in place as it beats. This pericardium attaches to the cervical, dorsal, sternum, esophagus and thoracic diaphragm vertebrae. The therapist will therefore take care to first treat the attachment point (s) which are in a lesion situation in order then to normalize the tension of the pericardium and allow it to regain a balanced role. "Structure governs function". It is the same for all the viscera.

Visceral treatment can be helpful for issues such as:

  • Back pain
  • Heart burn
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Digestive issues
  • Infertility
  • Constipation
  • Circulatory Issues

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