When a person’s structure and physiological functioning are in proper order, the body strives to maintain, repair and heal itself to the best advantage. Osteopathy supports the body’s natural tendency to maintain health.
Osteopathic physicians are trained to feel the body’s living anatomy and palpate the flow of fluids, motion and texture of its tissue and structural makeup. By employing Osteopathic Manipulation, the physician restores normal function in areas impaired by trauma and illness.
Pioneered by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to the treatment and healing of the entire patient. It uses a hands-on approach to assess that the body moves freely and that all innate healing systems are free to work unhindered.
Cranial Osteopathy was developed and taught by William Garner Sutherland, D.O. He determined that there is a palpable movement within the body that occurs in conjunction with the motion of the bones of the head. Called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism, the rhythmic alternating expansion and contraction that exists in every cell of the body can be felt and utilized by trained physicians. Almost imperceptible alterations of the skull’s natural configuration or movement could lead to disorders as colic, or delayed development in children. Trauma affecting this mechanism may later cause low back problems, headaches, breathing problems, fatigue, digestive disorders, joint pains, menstrual dysfunction, and repetitive strain injuries such as tendonitis.