Mantra Wellness Centre is proud to announce that we are officially offering a brand-new service. Jillian Dean, BSc, RTR, MO, has joined our team and is now offering her manual osteopathy services for clients who experience discomfort in their muscles, soft tissues, bones, internal organs, or joints. As a recent graduate from the National Manual Osteopathic College and a previous radiography, mammography, and computed tomography specialist, Jillian brings many years of experience to our wellness centre.
What is Manual Osteopathy?
An osteopath uses a variety of hands-on treatment techniques to ensure that their patients’ physiological functions and systems are naturally balanced and working with every other interrelated structure. Treating the body rather than its individual parts allows the osteopath to help the body heal itself.
What Does an Osteopath Treat?
Mantra Wellness Centre provides dedicated service to all our clients who suffer from bodily aches and pains, as well as stress, tension, headaches, lower back pain, and chronic pain. Osteopathy is an extension of this service, as it has helped many people with problems with their posture, respiratory and digestive problems, chronic pain, muscle spasms, and even issues with breastfeeding.
What are Osteopathic Treatments?
The main methods used by an Osteopath are:
- Soft tissue manipulation:
- Through gentle yet thorough manual treatment, this method restores the flow of your body’s fluids, while allowing the osteopath to evaluate the condition of your tissues. This method restores the bodily function, reduces painful tension, and encourages proper immune function.
- Visceral manipulation:
- With gentle application, visceral manipulation improves the internal functions and flow of your internal organs, like your lung, heart, liver, stomach, spleen, intestines, and uterus.
- Cranial Osteopathy:
- Regarded as the most important method of osteopathy, cranial osteopathy is used to assess the condition of your skull, as well as your spine, and other important body parts. This method restores balance and flow of the central nervous system.
- Osteopathic Articular Technique:
- For joint pain, muscle spasms, low mobility, pain and discomfort—this technique involves the manipulation of surface joints to treat these common ailments. By gently positioning your body in the correct posture to prepare for the articular technique, the manual osteopath can ensure that this method is as painless as possible.
What’s the Difference Between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath?
If what we just described sounds a lot like a chiropractor to you, you’re not alone. Many people have a hard time differentiating these two practices, mainly because they share common philosophies on holistic health. You may even find that physiotherapists provide the similar techniques, or manipulations, as osteopaths. All three therapies apply hands-on techniques, cure aches, pains, and injuries, and require a similar length of time in school. What separates an osteopath from its distant relatives is that their treatments go beyond the muscles, joints, and nerves. A large part of osteopathy is insuring proper flow of bodily fluids. Another important difference is manual osteopaths are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat using only their hands, while chiropractors and physiotherapists necessarily use external equipment as part of their approach.