About Osteopathic Care

How Osteopathic Manual Practice works 

Traditional Osteopathic Manipulative Practice is a natural approach that aims to restore function as well as address pain and imbalance in the body through hands-on treatment. Osteopathy is unique because it focuses on the cause of pain and dysfunction rather than concentrating only on symptoms.

This requires what is called palpation – a trained skill that an Osteopath uses to work with the position, mobility and quality of the tissue they are addressing. This includes focusing closely on the many aspects of touch – detecting position, moisture, texture, temperature and motion issues. 

Palpation is a gentle yet very intentional touch that sends signals deep into the body. Sensory information is then received through touch receptors on the fingertips and palms, and through the proprioceptors (motion and position sensors) embedded deep in the joints of the hands, wrists, arms and even in the shoulders.

Helen’s extensive training as an Osteopath allows her to assess structural imbalances and to assess and detect more subtle imbalances within the connective tissue, fluids and organs of the body. This assessment helps her prioritize her patient’s course of treatment at Wilson Wellness. Her osteopathic training also enables her to detect imbalances in the tissue quality of all these areas and then adjust using minute movements to the parts of the patient’s body that may require modifications.
 
Her skillset includes addressing internal organs through exterior manipulation to help resolve congestion, misalignment, disk malposition, stiffness, scaring and adhesions, loss of resilience and more. Every treatment is slightly different as Helen addresses the body as a whole and then hones in on specific areas that require attention.

For more information on osteopathic care, visit The Canadian College of Osteopathy, British College of Osteopathic Medicine or A.T. Still University.

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