Osteopathy isn’t as well known yet as other manipulative therapies that focus on pain like physical therapy, chiropractors or physiotherapy but it’s effectiveness in it’s whole body approach is proving to be very popular. Osteopathy employs a variety of manual techniques aimed at relieving pain and promoting overall musculoskeletal health while also working with the reasons behind the specific issues causing the pain. The techniques used by osteopaths can take a lot of investigation and work towards realigning your body’s musculoskeletal system to help relieve pain or working closely with the facia (a much ignored but incredibly important factor in your body’s way of moving) and the other techniques mentioned below.
- Soft Tissue Manipulation: This involves manipulating and massaging the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Soft tissue manipulation is often used to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, and promote healing.
- Joint Mobilization: Osteopaths use gentle and controlled movements to mobilize joints, aiming to improve their range of motion and reduce stiffness. This can be particularly beneficial for conditions involving joint pain and restricted movement.
- Muscle Energy Techniques (MET): MET involves the active and controlled contraction of a patient’s muscles against a counterforce applied by the osteopath. This technique is used to improve joint mobility, correct alignment, and reduce muscle tightness.
- Articulatory Techniques: Osteopaths use rhythmic and repetitive movements to mobilize joints. These techniques are often applied to specific areas of the body to enhance joint function and reduce pain.
- Myofascial Release: This technique targets the fascia, a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones, and organs. Osteopaths use sustained pressure and stretching to release tension in the fascia, aiming to improve mobility and reduce pain.
- Counterstrain: This technique involves finding tender points in muscles and joints and then positioning the body in a way that relieves strain on those points. It is a gentle approach that aims to reduce pain and improve function.
- Cranial Osteopathy: This technique involves the gentle manipulation of the skull and its associated structures. It is based on the idea that subtle movements of the cranial bones and tissues influence the nervous system and can have positive effects on various health issues, including pain.
- Lymphatic Pump Techniques: Osteopaths may use specific techniques to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid, which can help reduce swelling and promote healing in injured tissues.
The effectiveness of these techniques can vary from person to person, and the choice of techniques depends on the individual’s condition, the osteopath’s assessment, and the patient’s preferences. Before undergoing any osteopathic treatment, it’s recommended to consult with a osteopath or healthcare professional to ensure that the approach is suitable for your specific needs.
Paulo has an Honours Degree in Kinesiology from York University, and a certificate in sports massage, orthopedic therapy & manipulation therapy. He is currently close to completion of a degree in Osteopathy.
What do we do?
We try to take away whatever barriers your body might be facing in order to let it heal itself. We try to figure out what the root cause of the pain maybe, and if it’s within the scope of practice, and deal with the surrounding tissues to let your own systems deal with the pain or injury.
We often deal with a variety of things including: Back pain, Acute & Chronic Injuries, Athletic Injuries, Pregnancy & Babies
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Each appointment is €65 including your initial assessment appointment which may be as long as 1.5 hrs.