Osteopathic Treatment & Craniosacral Therapy

Osteopathy or osteopathic medicine addresses the patient as a whole person — body, mind and spirit — and does not just treat symptoms. Although the focus of treatment is on the muscles and bones, the benefits extend to all other body systems.

There are a variety of different techniques used in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, such as Muscle Energy, Strain-Counterstrain, Myofascial Release, Visceral Manipulation and Percussion.

Craniosacral Therapy or Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle, hands-on technique used to evaluate and enhance the function of the whole body.  Very light pressure is applied to various parts of the body to allow muscles to release tension, to relieve restriction in joints and tender points and to balance and align the fluid systems in the body.  The terms “cranial” and “sacral” give the clue that this type of treatment addresses the connections that exist from our heads to the base of our spines and all the body parts that are served by those central structures.  Although these treatments may focus on the head and spinal column, because the whole system is involved, the gentle touch includes head to toe attention.

I include Relaxation Techniques, Guided Imagery and Kinesiology as adjuncts to the manual therapy provided.  Engaging the mind to reduce the patient’s stress increases the effectiveness of the hand-on treatment.

In my practice, I have combined my traditional medical knowledge and skill with the osteopathic techniques I have learned.  Each patient is treated differently, depending upon their concerns and what I discover from their history and examination.  My own style of manual treatment is generally very light touch; I don’t employ any abrupt or forceful maneuvers.  By sensitively applying careful pressure, stretching and putting muscles through appropriate range of motion and positions, I tap into the body’s own readiness to return to health and balanced function.

Gentle support of the body often allows trauma held in the muscles to release and to unwind the compensations the body has made to cope with those injuries.  Some bodies require more aggressive treatment; these gentle interventions aren’t right for everyone.  However, I feel confident that my treatments will be well tolerated by most patients and many will notice significant improvement after only a few sessions.  I have found that patients, at the very least, tend to feel more relaxed and balanced as a result of our work together.

To understand more about the traditional medical aspects of my integrative practice, click here.

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