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Understanding Manual Osteopathy

Manual osteopathy is a patient-centred system of healthcare that uses hands-on techniques to balance all body systems. They focus on making sure your bones, muscles, and other parts work well together. Unlike regular doctors who might only treat one problem at a time, osteopathy looks at how all parts of your body are connected. The goal is to improve your overall health by treating you as a whole person. This approach believes keeping your body, mind, and spirit in balance is important for good health. Unlike conventional medicine, which often isolates and treats symptoms independently, manual osteopathy considers the position and health of all body tissues, including the organs, as linked.

How Our Feelings Affect Our Bodies

It’s well-known that what we feel emotionally can change our physical health. Stress, anxiety, grief, and other emotions don’t just affect our minds. They can show up in our physical health, leading to muscle tension, hormonal imbalances, and, yes—even the displacement of organs. The concept might seem far-fetched, but think of that “knot” in your stomach during moments of fear or the feeling of your heart being “heavy” with sorrow. Our body will often mirror our emotional state.

Manual Osteopathy session: patient receiving visceral manipulation

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Visceral Manipulation in Osteopathy

Osteopaths have a particular way of treating the body called visceral manipulation. They gently move and fix restrictions in the organs and tissues around them. This gentle manual therapy carefully works with the internal organs (viscera) and their connective tissues to free up restrictions and improve the organs’ ability to function effectively. By doing so, manual osteopaths help restore balance and ensure that each organ sits correctly within the body. This therapy mitigates discomforts that might stem from displacement due to emotional stress.

Working With Other Health Care Professionals

Osteopaths also think about the mental causes of physical problems. By understanding how the mind and body connect, osteopaths can help people heal more completely. Treatment plans might include working alongside psychologists or counsellors when necessary, proving the power of interdisciplinary cooperation in achieving well-being.

Manual osteopathy offers significant benefits but shines exceptionally bright when complementing other treatments. It can fill gaps that regular medicine might miss and help patients who haven’t gotten better with other treatments.

Manual Osteopathy session - cranial sacral therapy

The Healing Environment of Osteopathy

An osteopath’s office is a sanctuary where people can get help for their emotional and physical pain. It can be a source of comfort for those who are suffering inside and show them a way to get better. Individuals who live in the aftermath of emotional upheavals and carry the invisible weight of their feelings can find comfort and relief through the hands of a skilled manual osteopath. Relief is achievable and expected through the thorough and compassionate application of manual osteopathy techniques.

Final Thoughts

Feelings are powerful and can affect our bodies and minds. Whether you are burdened by physical discomfort or emotional strain, seeking the expertise of a manual osteopath might open doors to a level of wellness previously impossible.

As we move towards a future where holistic and conventional medicine collaborate more closely, the role of manual osteopathy will undoubtedly become even more meaningful. It carries the potential to heal and teach us about something we often forget. Our bodies and minds are inseparable, and caring for one means nurturing the other.

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Written By: DeVera Nybo, MBA, CEO/Owner Newleaf Total Wellness Centre


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