What is Manual Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy built on the foundations of anatomy and physiology. The gentle touch of osteopathy is used to assess all the systems of the body, identify the root cause of the problem, & work towards restoring proper function to the system through manual techniques.
The goal is always to improve overall health, restore the function and mobility of all structures and allow the body’s natural ability to self heal to take over.
How do I combine Kinesiology with Manual Osteopathy?
Kinesiology, the study of human movement, has given me a solid foundation in identifying global movement dysfunctions. Osteopathy allows me to assess further, on a more local level, and from there provide manual therapy to help restore global synchronicity. When clients come to see me they can expect a 75 minute session involving:
- A detailed history taking
- Global movement / palpatory assessment
- Manual therapy techniques (if appropriate)
Which systems will I assess?
- Musculoskeletal (bones, muscles & ligaments)
- Circulatory (heart & blood vessels)
- Visceral (internal organs)
All these systems have an important role in keeping you healthy and functioning by working together. If any one of these systems should experience a set back, the body will do its best to help out (compensate) but sometimes there is just not enough help left to give (pain).
What techniques do I specialize in?
- Visceral manipulation
- Muscle energy (MET)
- Myofascial release
- Strain / counter-strain
For more information on Osteopathy I encourage you to view the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapy and the Canadian Federation of Osteopathy. It is an unregulated field and important to educate yourself when choosing a manual osteopath.
What should you wear?
Proficiency is greatly enhanced if there is direct access to the skin. It is recommended that you wear shorts and a t-shirt. Again, this is a recommendation, if you would like to wear more or something different I just ask that the clothing not be made of the slippery workout wear material and that the bra have only over the shoulder straps. This allows for greater accuracy and access to the spine.
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Please note that Mike is a Registered Kinesiologist and a current student of Osteopathic Manual Therapy (CSO – Vancouver). The services provided are NOT currently billable under osteopathy. Please contact your coverage provider and ask if they will cover Kinesiology services.