What is Manual Osteopathic Therapy?

Manual Osteopathic Therapy is an investigative assessment and treatment of the body as a whole unit from conception to the present day. Kristen Lamond-McRae will be the practitioner performing this service at Beauty Lab Med Spa.

It focuses on the interrelationship between the structure and function of the body. The goal is to work toward total body health through treating musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles, and spine. We aim to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. Using a subtle, hands-on technique called palpation, Manual Osteopathy helps restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. Ie: Shoulder pain may be related to a dysfunctional gull bladder or cranial sacral treatment may be needed to alleviate hip pain. It is our job to find the source of the dysfunction not just follow where the pain is occurring. We are asymmetry analysists per say. Andrew Taylor Still suggests that we use anatomy, physiology and our hands to treat muscles, fluid flow, fascia, joints and viscera.

What are the benefits of Manual Osteopathic Therapy?

There are so many benefits to MOT to name all of them but here are a few:

  • Increases Blood Flow and Circulation
  • Dopamine, Oxytocin, Endorphins released to help decrease pain and increase pleasure
  • Helps relieve muscle spasms
  • Helps relieve restrictions in bones, muscles and joints, and gut
  • Works as a natural Anti Inflammatory
  • Realignment of joints using muscle energy techniques

What can I expect when going to a manual osteopathic treatment?

Initially you will meet with your therapist and go over your intake form to ensure all areas of concern are addressed. This can take between 10-20 minutes depending on your health history. Once all information is gathered, the assessment will take place which will help to identify areas of dysfunction. Once these areas are indicated for treatment they will be treated with consent with the specific treatment. This may or may not be done at each appointment if your dysfunction is still existing. There may be additional assessments at follow up appointments to narrow down where your dysfunction is coming from.

Treatment modalities can include but are not limited to:

Articulative techniques: this includes mild corrections to the alignment of your musculoskeletal framework using muscle energy to lever joints into correct alignment.

Fascial techniques: this includes mild palpative pressures to unwind fascial chains in a dysfunctional area.

Cranialsacral techniques: this include mild palpation of fluid flow and the release of cranial bones into correct alignment.

Lymphatic techniques: this treatment is for clients whom have been ill have some manageable edema I.e. travelers. If you have pitted edema or removed lymph nodes you will not be able to have your lymphatic system treated.

Visceral Manipulation: this treats the organs of the gut which can influence your overall health. This treatment is good for everyone.

The main difference is that osteopaths tend to use more rhythmical and gentle techniques while chiropractors use stronger, high velocity manipulative techniques and focus mostly on joint alignment. Chiropractors may also use modalities such as ultrasound and various electrotherapies for pain relief while osteopaths generally rely on hands-on manual techniques to relieve pain. Massage therapy typically will alleviate pain by releasing muscle tissue around the area of concern which is typically muscular. Essentially, these offer valuable and useful services, and each can be included in a holistic healthcare regimen.