Each practitioner develops a unique treatment style based on 4 basic principles:
Structure & Function are intimately related
The body functions as an integrated whole – no parts are separate
The body contains an inherent nature to heal itself
Blood supply & tissue drainage are paramount to healing
There are many different Osteopathic techniques a practitioners can use to achieve these goals. By using validated, current, evidence-based research, your Osteopath will develop a treatment protocol customised to your needs. We all respond to treatment in different ways, we can be as gentle or as firm as you like, we will suit your likes & dislikes to match the principles with your individual body. Please let your practitioner know if you respond well to certain techniques or treatment styles, your comfort is our prime concern.
Some of the techniques we may use are explained in more detail below:
Soft Tissue Techniques:
Used to treat muscles, tendons, ligaments or fascia to assist with breaking down scar tissue, improve blood-flow or release tension. Similar to massage, light or firm pressure is applied to the soft tissue allowing it to release
Muscle Energy Technique:
This technique requires participation from the patient that uses a muscular contraction (patient) against resistance (practitioner) to relax & lengthen tight muscles or improve the range of motion in the joints
The practitioner does all the work. By gently moving or mobilising the joint, the practitioner can diagnosis & treat the affected area in one motion. Sometimes all a restricted joint needs is freedom of motion.
High-velocity, Low-Amplitude (HVLA) Technique:
Also known as, “An adjustment” or ‘Cracking”, this technique helps the body move when the other techniques aren’t enough. You may hear a ‘pop’ or ‘click’ of the joint, which release the fluid-pressure within in the joint. This is a great technique for when you want to get a joint moving. Our highly trained Osteopaths have extensive training in this technique, but it’s often not for everyone. HVLA does have some risks associated with it, but we never preform this technique without careful examination & most importantly without consent from the patient. Please discuss any concerns with your Osteopath, if not… there’s a good chance they’ll ask you first.
This technique is used to help ‘reset’ the nervous system by taking a painful muscle or joint into a position of comfort & waiting for the region to release. If your tense muscles are a stretched like an elastic band, Counterstrain takes the tension off this area so it can return the original resting tone. It’s a gentle way to release muscles & joints.
Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle approach that works directly with the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain & spinal cord. It is a very safe technique suitable for children, pregnant women, acute pain or simply to get the treatment started. Craniosacral involves listening to the subtle flows of the cerebrospinal fluid to help reestablish rhythm & balance.