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Frequently Asked Questions

An ongoing series of informative entries

What is Osteopathy?

December 16, 2022

Osteopathy is treatment performed with the hands-on.  Usually patients are dressed in comfortable clothing during the treatment in this clinic.  There are a wide variety of techniques that can be used and the treatment will vary every time.  Osteopathy is very specific and the treatment providers have extensive knowledge of science- based research, anatomy and physiology.  Osteopathic treatment is great for things like neck or back pain, but also for digestive issues, breathing problems, TMJ, nervous system dysfunction and many, many more.  Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are skilled at getting to bottom of complicated problems.  

The philosophy of Osteopathy emphasizes "health".  Instead of treating disease, osteopathic treatment is intended to emphasize and restore health in the body.

Osteopathy looks at the whole body, including mind, body and spirit, and considers the body as one functional unit - where a problem in one part will affect the whole.  Osteopaths have extensive knowledge about how dysfunction in one area can create effects in another part of the body due to compensation.  An osteopath will consider how a problem in the structure of the body affects it's function and vice versa. In addition, the osteopath believes in the body's natural ability to heal and repair itself.  The underlying intention of the treatment is to remove any barrier that interferes with this inherent mechanism

This is a long way of saying that an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner considers many things when determining the treatment that will help you best.

Dealing with inflammation?

January 6, 2023

Inflammation is a protective response that happens when the body detects irritation, damage or injury.  It is a normal and healthy immune system function.  Sometimes this can be a result of injury or infection but it can also occur as a result of exposure to harmful stimuli such as allergens or stress.  The biproduct of inflammation in the body is scar tissue, also known as fibrosis.  Over time, the effects of inflammation can add up in the body and lead to disease.

The first step to dealing with inflammation is to remove the irritants causing the inflammation.  This usually means considering some lifestyle changes, such as improved eating habits, increasing exercise and avoiding allergens or things that cause sensitivity.

Osteopathy can assist in reducing the effects of inflammation in the body by treating scar tissue, improving lymph flow and circulation, reducing stiffness in the joints and soft tissues of the body and balancing the nervous system.

Treatment for Infants and Young Children

January 16, 2023

Osteopathic treatment of infants and young children can be helpful to deal with many issues.  Infants can be born with restrictions or physical blocks that can be alleviated with very gentle, light touch manual techniques.  

  • Plagiocephaly, or concerns with head shape such as flattened areas
  • Difficulty with latching or nursing
  • Any digestive issue that may appear to cause discomfort such as reflux or issues with passing gas.
  • Restrictions with eye or head and neck movements
  • Difficulty with tummy time
  • Babies may be developing well but you may notice that they use one arm or leg, or one side of the body, differently than the other.

Alison is currently participating in ongoing postgraduate courses in this field.  Feel free to contact her to discuss any questions you may have.