Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a non-invasive holistic way to treat a wide variety of complaints by focusing on the natural motion within the body and its relationship to function. An osteopath learns how to help the body restore itself to health by applying osteopathic principles in the practice of hands-on treatment. The musculoskeletal system is extremely important but often a neglected and forgotten aspect of health.

An osteopath considers all  the body systems as a whole interconnected relationship.  Although the physiologic body systems are studied and introduced as separate systems for ease of learning and explanation, in reality all systems work together and affect one another in times of injury or illness.  ( Metabolic, Neurologic, Endocrine, Digestive, Respiratory, Psychological, Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary etc.)

Osteopaths undergo four years of full time training or six years of part time training and cover everything in a medical school syllabus except for surgery and pharmacology. An osteopath will also not be involved in hospital rotations.

Cranial Osteopathy

The human brain is a motor; the breath of life is a spark of ignition to the motor, something that is not material, that we cannot see

Willam G. Sutherland, DO,
Contributions to Thought, 2nd edition, p. 147

Cranial osteopathy is an expansion of the general principles of osteopathy. It has evolved to have a separate title because not all osteopaths will use a cranial technique for treatment as post-graduate education is required in order to treat clients.  To carry out successful treatment, a special understanding of the central nervous system is needed and studies about what is called the Primary Respiration.

However, cranial osteopathy is a little bit of a misnomer. I am an osteopath that can select Cranial as one of my tools to use in any given treatment.  It is the tool best used for babies because of the nature of their symptoms and their new and changing structure.  Babies and children are not small adults. They have different needs and present different challenges.

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