Osteopathy - Darryl Gomes
Osteopathy is a form of non-invasive manual therapy that was founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still (DO) in the late 1800's in Kirksville, Missouri. The osteopathic practitioner uses their hands to gently assess the various tissues in the body to determine where the primary source(s) of the problem(s) originate. The therapist will spend time ensuring that these tissues are properly mobilized, stretched & integrated to allow the health and vitality to return back into them.
Osteopathy treatments are based on 4 tenets:
1. Autoregulation: If a person exercises, maintains proper nutrition and manages stress levels, the body will be able to self regulate all of its functions. An individual who experiences some form of illness or injury needs to have it restored through osteopathic treatment.
2. Structure Governs Function: Misalignments that occur within the body can affect the overall movement & function of the body. Whether it is misaligned bones or viscera, the practitioner must ensure that these structures are properly positioned in order for the body to work efficiently through proper postural alignment.
3. The Rule of the Artery is Absolute: All fluids in the body need to be properly flowing in the body, as any restrictions in the flow create stagnation which can lead to disease. This tenet does not exclusively pertain to blood flow, as the practitioner must ensure that fluids such as lymph and cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) are properly moving in the body.
4. The Body as a Functional Unit: Osteopathy involves treating the entire person as a whole and not isolating the body into separate sections. By effectively determining which of the body systems (ie. musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, circulatory) is lacking health & vitality, the osteopathic practitioner can have a direct effect on the area being treated and other parts of the body at the same time. It is for this reason that "chasing pain" is not an effective means of treatment, as other parts of the body can have an effect on injured areas.