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Have You Tried Manual Osteopathic Therapy?

Manual Osteopathic Therapy (MOT) is a cutting-edge, whole-body manual practice. Through extensive training and continuing education, practitioners gain a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy and physiology. The primary focus of MOT is to address the root cause of the imbalance, injury or illness to restore Structure and Functioning of the entire BodyMind system.

 

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still established the practice of Osteopathy in the late 1800s in the United States, with the aim of using manual hands-on techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs—this philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines—the key principles are based on all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. When adhesions and restrictions are freed through an Osteopathic treatment, the BodyMind will experience improved pain management, nervous system regulation, improved immune functioning and greater overall mobility allowing the innate intelligence of the body to heal itself.

 

A Manual Osteopathic Practitioner is trained in five main types of hands-on Osteopathic sub-disciplines:

  • Osteoarticular Adjustments,

  • Advanced Myofascial Remodeling,

  • Visceral Manipulation.

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage and,

  • Craniosacral Therapy

 

Osteoarticular Adjustments (OA) is the gentle manipulation of the structure to realign the pelvis, back and neck. Muscle Energy Mobilizations are used to help increase range of motion within the joints, reduce fascial adhesions and inflammation to minimize a client’s pain response. In my current practice, OA is mainly used to assess and educate the client on their structural imbalances (bones) and functional posture patterns before I address root cause utilizing the below disciplines.

 

Advanced Myofascial Remodeling (MFR) gently targets fascial adhesions that could be due to injury, surgery, wound scarring and chronic tension patterns that play a significant role in structural misalignments and organ health. MFR is a very gentle technique that opens and softens these blockages while positively affecting the autonomic nervous system.

 

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is applied to assess and treat the viscera (organs), their positioning, suspension system and fascial lines which directly attach to the abdominal wall and musculoskeletal system. Imbalances in the viscera and its connective tissue can be directly related to postural imbalances, spine and joint pain and can impact many systems such as the nervous, vascular, respiratory, endocrine and digestive systems.

 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (LDT) is a gentle technique that works through the body's interstitial and lymphatic system to activate the body's liquid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. It is a powerful detox tool; as well, has been shown to improve joint mobility and chronic pain issues.

**In addition to learning this hands-on skill as an MOT, I further specialized in Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) through the world renowned Chikly Institute of Health.

 

The Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is the very gentle, hands-on approach to evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system, which includes the bones of the head and face; as well as, the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). CST is a complementary treatment that releases tensions deep within the body to help reduce pain, relieve dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. CST’s almost immediate affect in activating the parasympathetic nervous system is hands down the most important tool I utilize as an MOT and Integrative Somatic Trauma Practitioner.

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