Osteopathy

Within the body tissue there is an inherent wisdom, a wise all-knowing restorative force, an intelligence within every cell that keeps the body well.  When a state of discord arises this healing force acts to restore functional balance and harmony.  Sometimes the body’s self-healing forces can be impaired or impeded by disease or structural imbalance.  The Osteopath is trained to augment the intrinsic mechanics to help the body heal itself.

Andre Taylor Still MD DO

The Founder of Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy

The science of Osteopathy is a study of the human body as it functions in health and disease. Osteopathy uses very precise palpatory and mobilization techniques to treat the restrictions in tissues, which prevent the various parts of the body from fulfilling their natural functions.  The objective of the practice of Osteopathy is to restore mobility to the different systems of the body. Osteopathy focuses on the musculoskeletal system and the way this inter-relates with the functioning of the body as a whole. Osteopaths diagnose and treat “somatic dysfunction”, which is impaired or altered function of related components of the somatic system. Osteopathy is a system which compliments and supports orthodox medicine. It combines a scientific knowledge of the orthodox medical sciences with specialized methods of evaluation and treatment. 

My Philosophy

At Integral Osteopathy I look at the body differently as the body is one in its globality.  To do this i I bring together a recognized system of diagnosis and treatment that lays emphasis on the structural integrity of the body based on a “Tensegrity” approach.  This concept of “Tensegrity” means that there isn’t a bone, muscle, viscera or nerve that isn’t linked!  Therefore we must consider the links among all these structures to be working in harmony to enable you to perform at your full potential!  

Treatments Used

 

Myofascial Stretching:

We have believed for a long time that we know how to stretch muscles. The question is: How do we stretch a muscle when it is sheathed in a “leather” casing? Stretching a muscle is only effective once the “skin” that covers it is no longer dry and retracted. The myofascial system is a network of many different types of tissue with various functions. We have fascia that encase and connect groups of muscles. We have fascia that hold all of our organs in place. Our tendons and ligaments are also a form of fascia. Fascia is what really makes our musculoskeletal system, in fact, a system. Myofascial stretching can be used to help correct dysfunction and relieve pains caused by traumatized tissue after automobile collisions, athletic injuries and even from just poor posture. Other forms of stretching focus solely on a specific muscle rather than the entire dysfuntional system. The dysfunctional system may involve several muscles and connective tissue, as well as the fascial container that surrounds them.

ELDOA

What is ELDOA? The ELDOA are very precise postures that target a specific joint region to provide relief from pain and restore balance.  The human spine is a complicated and vital structure.  Compression and articular blocks can cause pain, arthritis and neurological conditions.  The ELDOA exercises are a highly effective solution to these conditions.

Designed by French osteopath Guy VOYER DO, the ELDOA (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire) utilize myofascial stretching to put tension around a primary lesion making it the center of “separating forces.”  The myofascial tension solicits a postural normalization in a specific joint resulting in numerous benefits.

As the ELDOA “creates space”, there is an improvement in joint mechanics, increased blood flow, reduced pressure on the inter-vertebral discs, spinal disc re-hydration, increased muscle tone and awareness, metabolic and hormonal balance, normalization of the myofascial tensions, lessening of pain, better posture, and an increased sense of well-being.

Segmental Strengthening

Muscles need to be trained with a lot of specific movements in relation to the specific quality of training or rehabilitation that you need (strength, volume, power, speed, resistance, endurance and fitness maintenance) for each muscle group. The spinal muscles need to be trained to improve their ability to provide postural support. There are also numerous, yet specific exercises, which can solicit the proximal, distal, medial, lateral, middle, superficial or deep portions of each muscle.  This type of training provides a technical analysis of the movements, which are the basis of muscle strengthening and muscular re-education programs.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization – IASTM

IASTM is another option to resolve pain and tightness in the body. This approach to fascia work reduces friction which allows a preciseness, sensitivity and depth that cannot be accomplished with the hands, knuckles elbows etc.

IASTM instruments make it easier to detect and treat fascial dysfunction. They magnify the abnormalities (scars, restrictions and adhesion’s) in the fascia and make it easier to locate the area to treat. Using a tool focuses the force through an area smaller then your finger with less friction. This allows a more efficient treatment. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response. This will stimulate the production of new collagen and proper, more functional, less painful healing.

Benefits of IASTM

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Allows faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Clients can continue to engage in everyday activities

Muscle Activation

Muscle Activation uses a system of reflexes throughout the body that wakes up muscles. The muscles can then function at their maximum potential in strength, power, endurance and flexibility. The applications range from improved sports performance to great gains in training but also release of tight structures throughout the body that cause pain and dysfunction.  Muscle Activation is a system designed to teach you to raise your levels of performance on the field, in the gym, at the office and in your home. Teaching you to understand the way your body functions and how you can easily tap into its unlimited resources.

Principles of Muscle Activation:

  • Gain immediate increases in your strength, power and flexibility.
  • Address the source of pain and recurring injuries.
  • Achieve greater results from your training in less time.
  • Improve your aerobic capacity and endurance.
  • Increase your agility, mobility and co-ordination.
  • Speed up your training recovery time.
  • Remove the blocks that prevent you from accessing your muscles full power.

These techniques can be applied before, during and after training to enhance performance gains and reduce the risk of injury.