Osteopathy is a manual medicine that heals by touch and manipulation. It was founded in 1874 by American physician Andrew Taylor Still, who opened the first School of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri in 1892.
It is a holistic discipline that advocates a global vision of the individual. The therapist evaluates the posture, skull, bone and internal organs. Through the benefit of fine palpation and precise handling, it eliminates the tensions that cause dysfunctions and imbalances. The goal of osteopathy is to restore homeostasis, that is to say the balance between the different structures of the human body.
With the help of his hands, the osteopath intervenes – according to the problems identified- on the three main corporal spheres: The parietal sphere for the musculoskeletal, the craniosacral sphere for the head-pelvis axis, and the visceral sphere for the internal organs. Thus, the osteopath identifies parietal dysfunctions by locating muscular and fascial tensions or joint blockages that are responsible for pain and functional disorders. It restores the fine mobility of the bones of the skull and normalizes the rhythmic movements of the cerebrospinal fluid in connection with the sacrum. And finally, it treats the organs of the abdominal and thoracic cavity that are often the cause of back pain or pain elsewhere in the body.
In addition to treating, in a different way, the same problems as physiotherapy, osteopathy is effective in treating many physical ailments:
• Various abdominal pain
• Constipation / bloat
• Gastric reflux
• Reccuring infections (urinary, vaginal, etc.)
• Headache, tension headache, migraine
• Problems of the temporomandibular joint (jaw)
• Disorders of the cranial sphere (craniosacral approach)
• Imbalance of the pelvis and sacroiliac joints
• Post-surgical scar tissue adhesions (cesarean section, abdominal surgery, etc.)
• Nervousness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, stress, tiredness and irritability
Prevention: Often a dysfunction has begun to develop in your body without any symptoms occuring to warn you. Our therapists will know how to evaluate your joints, muscular, nervous or visceral systems and to help prevent the appearance of pain.
With 5 therapists practicing osteopathy, the Centre TMO is the largest Osteopathic Clinic in the Outaouais!
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