What is Osteopathic Treatment?
The primary foundation of osteopathy is to make you as an individual healthier. Osteopathy looks for the causes of dysfunction, treating the body as a whole. As a natural medicine, it applies the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body to all types of various diseases, disorders, and dysfunctions.
Osteopathy is not only a treatment, but also a philosophy. To be healthy, one has to consider the entire individual (mind, body, and spirit), the environment (both internal and external), and the stresses that influence the individual. In doing so, you are able to optimize and enhance your health. Health, in its totality, functions with the whole individual within an environment (both internal and external) with pressures and stresses that can allow the individual to strive and excel. The Osteopathic Manual Practitioner will consider and influence all aspects of health. This in turn will optimize health of the individual leading to an enhanced life.
How can an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner help?
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use a holistic model, understanding that there is a connection between the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. With a gentle “hands-on” or “manual” approach, they identify the root cause of the problem and restore order to all of the systems, including the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, and nervous system.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are trained to treat using cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, mobilization of the joints of the spine and extremities, and osteopathic techniques to address gynecological and digestive health, the nervous system, scar tissue, lymphatic drainage, the emotional state, and the over-all well-being of the individual.
Common injuries and problems treated through osteopathy may consist of:
- Pain anywhere in the body, including neck, back, ribs, all joints, myofascial pain, pain related to the organs
- Acute and chronic injuries
- Post-concussion syndrome, headaches and migraines
- Sports injuries, tendonitis, and muscle and ligament strains/sprains
- Pregnancy (pain, breech baby, optimizing health, preparing for delivery)
- Post-pregnancy re-balancing of the body
- Post-partum depression
- Infants (latch, reflux, constipation, cranial dysfunctions, mis-shape head, sleep issues and fussy babies)
- Anxiety and depression
- By addressing the structural mis-alignments of the body, manual osteopathy can affect physiological function and metabolic processes; therefore, manual osteopathy can help treat diseases and dysfunctions that affect the organs, the hormones, the nervous system, and the body as a whole.
What can I expect from treatment at Life Therapies?
At Life Therapies, we specialize in osteopathic treatment. We use a manual therapy approach to treat the individual as a whole, addressing the root cause of dysfunction. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use a variety of manual techniques to improve physiological function and anatomical structure, thereby moving the individual towards self-healing and optimal health and well-being.
When you call Life Therapies, one of our qualified administrative professionals will assist you in choosing the appropriate therapist for your condition. In addition, they will inform you of the process and what to look forward to on your path to health.
Our Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
Elliot Vlad is accepting clients that are pregnant, having fertility challenges, have complex gynaecological issues, and some infants and children. Elliot is also available to treat osteopathically during labour and delivery. His regular practice is full.
Kimberly Robertson (Osteopathic Manual Practitioner & Registered Kinesiologist) is accepting new clients. She treats a wide range of patients including adults, babies, children, pregnant women, pre/post natal, and the elderly. She has a special interest in treating children, head trauma, whiplash, low back pain, post surgical recovery, rehabilitation, and visceral issues.
Tamara Bond-Vlad (Osteopathic Student) has a special interest in the foot and ankle, the neck, and all orthopaedic/musculoskeletal conditions. Tamara is a Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Manual Therapist and incorporates osteopathic techniques into her manual therapy treatment sessions.