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  • Anne-Marie Mougeot

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ...

Updated: Jul 29, 2022

A common question I often get asked is: "๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ (๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜บ, ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ค.)?โฃ"

โฃ Although there is some overlap between many manual therapy professions, hereโ€™s what sets osteopathy apart:โฃ โฃ Osteopathy views the patient as a whole, which means not only examining and treating the symptomatic area, but taking a look at the bigger picture to identify potential contributing factors in order to better understand contributing factors to symptoms.โฃ โฃ Rather than actively pressing or imposing force onto a body structure (whether it be a joint or soft tissue), osteopathy uses gentle techniques in which the practitioner โ€œ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ดโ€ with the patient & their body to see what approach yields the best amount of relaxation/ release/ softening/ mobility. โฃ If the body tenses up or โ€œfights backโ€, we change our approach. Think of it as working together rather than forcefully trying to move a tissue or joint. In this respect, osteopathy is very gentle & safe, yet comfortable and typically very relaxing . โฃ โฃ Techniques can be specific or global, addressing a single joint or sore spot, or take more of a global approach encompassing working on a linked connection, for example, in the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, treating along a neural pathway from, say, the neck, down the arm to the hand, while addressing joint mobility and tissue tension. โฃ โฃ Osteopathic practitioners are well trained in anatomy & physiology and consider the various interrelationships within the body, including the embryological development & connections. โฃ โฃ Keep in mind that within similar professions, individual practitioners may have different approaches based on when & where they studied, their personal preferences and clinical experiences, continuing education interests, and beliefs & biases.โฃ โฃ It can be difficult to put into words to describe what a hands-on treatment feels like, best way to find out is to give it a try for yourself and see!โฃ

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