Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy founded by Dr. A.T. Still in 1874. Dr. Still believed that the body is a self-regulating mechanism that strives towards self-healing. There are three basic components to osteopathy: cranial sacral, visceral and structural.
- Cranial sacral osteopathy involves examining and treating the skull, sacrum, brain and spinal cord.
- Visceral osteopathy involves examining and treating the inner organs, blood vessels, lymph and connection tissue.
- Structural osteopathy involves examining and treating bones, joints, muscles, fascia and peripheral nerves.
An osteopathic manual therapist uses their hands to treat a variety of physical restrictions, limitations and lesions caused by accidents injuries or repetitive movements common to certain sports and activities of daily living. When it comes to the body, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The osteopathic manual therapist uses structural, visceral and cranial therapies as indicated to improve the function of the body. Osteopathic manual therapist focus on non-invasive therapies in order to treat and prevent illness and injury.