What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a form of medicine that engages your body’s natural healing ability to address ailments and traumas. Developed in the late 1800’s by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, Osteopathy treats functional and structural issues which reflect ailments and traumas in the body, including traumas that occurred many years ago.
Osteopathy is based on three basic principles: structure and function are inter-related; the body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms that are naturally self-healing; and a human being is a dynamic unit of function and is an expression of health.
“To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” — A.T. Still
These principles manifest in Christine’s osteopathy practice through her use of a combination of gentle techniques, informed by your body’s physical, emotional and mental presence, to treat a wide variety of conditions and assist your body in releasing/opening areas of restriction or blockage, providing a space for healing to occur more effectively. This approach to osteopathy relies on several key concepts, which are helpful to keep in mind when you come for a session with Christine.
Osteopathic physicians 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 working in the 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 the musculoskeletal, neurophysiology, and 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 massage therapists and chiropractors.
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Your body has an amazing healing ability that is often overlooked. Your body has the ability to make adjustments to resolve 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
Osteopathic techniques have been utilized to treat a wide variety of issues including traumas, overuse injury, respiratory disorders, anxiety and depression. — 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
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
After a decade as an osteopathic family physician, I decided to focus on Osteopathy. Through this practice I rediscovered the art of medicine, 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