Osteopathic treatment is a gentle hands-on approach to health care. An educated touch and gentle palpation are used to evaluate anatomy and its function. Temperature, texture, motion, and vibration of the body tissues can be perceived and there is a tactile communication between therapist and patient. Treatment is guided by the patient’s body responses; allowing the treatment to be very gentle, safe, and effective. Gentle pressures and positioning of the body encourage the nervous system and tissues to relax, releasing restrictions, improving range of motion, and increasing overall health and vitality. The goal of Osteopathy is to optimize the self-healing mechanisms of the body.
Osteopathy looks at and treats the body as a dynamic whole, therefore all systems of the body are influenced through this manual therapy including: