Massage Therapy is the manual treatment and manipulation of the body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. Massage therapy can provides lasting relief to common musculoskeletal pain and dysfunctions by treating the whole body, not just its symptoms.
Osteopathy is a natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues.
Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still (1874), an American doctor who was disappointed with the ability of Western medicine to heal. Osteopathy believes that the body has an innate and natural ability to heal itself. When the blood supply to an area of the body is obstructed, only then does the body begin to compensate. Compensation leads to pain and disease.
Osteopathic assessment and treatment focuses on removing the obstructions within bones, organs or tissues that are misaligned. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners assess and treat the whole body with a gentle hands-on approach. Treatment is aimed at finding and removing the cause of one’s pain not just the symptoms.
Treatment is designed to maintain, improve and restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Osteopathy is beneficial for all systems of the body; musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive and nervous systems and people of all ages. Treatment methods include soft tissue manipulation, osteopathic articular techniques, cranial sacral therapy and visceral manipulation.