What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a form of medicine that engages your body’s natural healing ability, developed in the late 1800’s by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. There is much of history that is hidden and ready to be re-discovered, including Dr. Still’s “novel” approach to healing was influenced by his relationships and living among the Shawnee Tribe for a time in his life, as well as a being a descendant of the now-known Lumbee Tribe (Museum of Osteopathic Medicine).
Osteopathy has evolved and inspired many to investigate all that is possible within the body; the body as a whole and the intricate relationships: physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spirit.
Chris’ osteopathy practice utilizes gentle techniques, informed by your body’s physical, emotional, mental and energetic presence, to assist your body in releasing and opening areas of restriction or blockage, providing a space for healing to occur more effectively and treat a wide variety of medical conditions.
“Allow physiologic function within to manifest its own unerring potency rather than apply a blind force from without.” — Dr. Sutherland
Osteopaths in the United States are licensed physicians – Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) – who are trained with a holistic approach to health and wellness, focusing on the whole person, rather than compartmentalizing body parts or a conventional disease model that focuses on an illness or symptoms.
In addition to receiving the education and training in all aspects of medicine and surgery as MDs, osteopathic physicians have additional, extensive knowledge and training in fascia, the musculoskeletal, central nervous system, autonomic nervous system (parasympathetic and sympathetic), and the neuroendocrine-immune systems of the body and the intricate relationship of structure and function. As a result, osteopathic physicians offer evaluation and treatment modalities that are distinct from MDs, chiropractors, physical and massage therapists.
Tenets of Osteopathy
- The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
- The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
- Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of above three principles.
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The Healing Process
Your body has an amazing healing ability that is often overlooked. Your body has the ability to respond to ailments and traumas; however, your body may have a difficult time adjusting to a significant or repeated ailments or traumas. Over time, these ailments and traumas can be lodged into the very fabric of your body; you carry the trauma and experience physical and mental discomfort/pain, sometimes for many years. — read more
There are a variety of osteopathic techniques, including ones as subtle as light touch to an area of the body to engage your body’s innate ability to heal. Techniques Christine uses most frequently include muscle energy, cranial osteopathy, counterstrain, and myofascial release. — read more
What to expect during an Osteopathy Session
Essential concepts to keep in mind during a session, how to prepare for a session, what we discuss in a debrief, and important self-care considerations after a session. — read more
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About Chris (no pronoun, please use my name)
After a decade as an osteopathic family physician, I decided to focus on Osteopathy. Through this practice I rediscovered the art of medicine and healing. My practice philosophy involves a deep respect for the body’s ability for healing, and I utilize my skills to help individuals improve the understanding of the interconnection of the mind, body, and spirit with health and emotional well being. — read more