An Osteopath is a highly trained specialist who works with a patient to address health problems and provide alternative pain relief by using their hands to feel the body’s “living anatomy” (i.e. flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues and structural make-up). Osteopathic Specialists offer a variety of non – invasive natural pain relief treatments as an alternative to those prescribed by conventional doctors. Most patients report a deep sense of relaxation, as hands on therapy soothes the body and makes subtle adjustments to relieve any pain. Osteopaths use specialised soft tissue techniques, not completely unlike massage. However, massage works to relax you, whereas Osteopathy goes to the next level to get rid of the pain by finding the underlying cause of the problem. From the initial assessment of your problem, through all treatments, an Osteopath’s skills and training allows for assessment of tissue problems right through to the deepest muscle groups. They can even feel minute movements of the skull joints, a technique used in Cranial Osteopathy. Osteopathy works with the body’s natural tendency for a state of health and homeostasis. Working with movement of tissues allows your body to continue repairing and healing itself. Suggested stretching and exercise may be prescribed to aid and enhance the healing process, according to your particular problem and environment. Osteopathy is the fastest growing health profession in the U.S. and abroad. Osteopaths have been regulated under the Health Practioners Competency Act since 2004. Osteopathy provides natural pain relief through diagnosis, treatment and advice, without the use of drugs. Help your body to heal itself and to reach your health and wellness goals today.
Osteopathy in the cranial field is a gentle yet powerful treatment that works on the deeper structures of the body including bones, membranes and nerves. It releases stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head, so you can experience immediate relief within your body. Osteopaths feel restrictions in the movement patterns of body structures and fluids by using skilled ‘palpation’, and aim to bring your cranial sacral rhythm back to its optimum pace. Any restrictions can then be treated and relieved using very subtle realignment techniques, resulting in less pain, improved energy and performance. Cranial treatment takes an holistic approach – treating the whole person, not just the presenting condition, so a very wide range of problems may benefit from these techniques. These includes back, neck pain, joint pain, sports injuries, headaches, migraines, sinus problems, stress, period pain and digestive difficulties. In babies and children: crying, colic, sleeping and feeding problems as well as recurrent ear, sinus and chest infections. Cranial Osteopathy is a very effective form of treatment for all ages, especially babies, children and people with very acute or non resolving problems. A very gentle and non-intrusive treatment means you can totally relax into the experience and enjoy the hands-on effect of natural pain relief, continuing beyond your treatment time as your body readjusts and heals itself.
William Garnet Sutherland developed Osteopathy in the Cranial field as an extension to the osteopathic approach in the 1930’s. He recognised that gentle manipulation of the skull brings the body back into natural balance, this alleviating pain and discomfort throughout the body.