Osteopathy is coming to Rejeneration!
I have made the leap to continue my education in Manual Osteopathy! Many of you also know that I have been thinking about this decision for quite some time and I am happy to announce that I will be offering Osteopathic Services beginning in September 2017. For those of you that are not familiar with Osteopathic techniques here is some background information for you.
Osteopathy was founded by Dr. Andrew Still in the late 1800’s and it was his belief that ideal health and wellness was achieved by treating the body as an entire system, that all areas of the body work in harmony together for optimum health. The first school of Osteopathy was opened in 1892 in the USA, the second in the USA was opened in 1900 and then The British School Osteopathy was founded in 1913. Primary in the USA you will find that an Osteopath is an MD who is also trained in manual osteopathic techniques. In Canada, while there are Osteopathic MD’s, the majority of practitioners are in fact Manual Osteopaths or Osteopathic Practitioners.
The foundation of Osteopathic Manual Therapy is that it is a whole body system of therapy. A wide range of techniques including but not limited to: cranial osteopathy, visceral manipulation, and soft tissue therapy are utilized to create a foundation of optimal health. The primary Osteopathic principles are: movement of the body fluids are essential to maintaining health (think blood flow, lymph flow and cerebral fluid), the nervous system controls everything (!), ligaments maintain stability regardless if the bone is in alignment (stretched ligament anyone?), and there is always a somatic component to disease (whole body involvement).
So why did I choose Manual Osteopathy? The philosophy of Osteopathic Manual Medicine is in line with how I approach my own practice. As a Bowen Therapist and NeuroKinetic Therapist, I have always been working with the entire body as a system rather than looking at the pain or injury as a separate entity. As I have developed my practice over the years I have educated myself in and utilized a variety of modalities to assist my clients with their health and well being. I am not the same practitioner as I was a year ago, 2 years ago, or 10 years ago. I seek to find answers. If the modality I am using cannot answer the question at hand, I find out what I need to learn in order to answer that question. For me, at this time, it is Manual Osteopathic Medicine. The added bonus is that many of you have Osteopathic Coverage on your employer benefits plan:)
Stay tuned for more information about Osteopathy in the near future.
I look forward to sharing with you my new techniques and my continued passion for wellness!