a minimally invasive, hands on treatment that treats the person as a whole.
Osteopathy is a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment or manual medicine that assesses and treats the person as a whole.
Treatment is based on the premise that the body always tends towards equilibrium and that it has an innate healing capacity, which the Osteopath aims to support and foster.
Osteopathic treatment is relatively gentle and focuses on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints.
It’s believed that benefits to the nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems as well as the musculoskeletal system occurs through positively affecting the fluid flow of the body – increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to the cells, and waste removal through the lymphatic system.
Supporting the body’s healing mechanisms and assisting it to return to a state of equilibrium or balance and thus allowing an environment for maximising body functioning as a whole.
At BlossomingMe, we take a functional approach. This means that we focus the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. As long as the area is comfortable and effectively performing its required tasks, we are less concerned about the exact positioning or “alignment” of the structures.
We use a number of techniques in our treatments:
Myofascial release focuses on connective tissues that surround each muscle fibre, each muscle and each group of muscles. It allows muscle fibres and muscle groups to contract easily and smoothly, without “sticking” to each other.
Trigger point therapy
A trigger point is an area of hyper irritability within a tight band of muscle. Pain is commonly referred to other areas in predictable patterns. Resolution of such points may lead to far reaching pain relief and improved movement.
Deep tissue techniques tend to focus on releasing tension and spasm in the deeper, postural muscles of the body.
Joint articulation and mobilisation is the movement of the joint within its normal range to gently reduce any restrictions, increase circulation and improve range of motion and promote healing.
Joint manipulation is the small sudden movement of the joint within its normal range, which aims to reduce associated muscle spasm as well as re-position the joint.
Soft tissue techniques focus on the more superficial muscles in the body, aiming to reduce muscle tension and spasm.
Stretching and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
PNF is a specific type of muscle stretching using activation of the muscles to allow a more effective release and lengthening.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
MET is a highly specific technique that uses muscle activation of the deep stabilising muscles between two joints (often two vertebrae) aimed at normalising motion.
Also known as Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) or Cranial Osteopathy, this technique aims to align the structural integrity of the body. It focuses on balancing the deepest structures of the body and fluid dynamics in order to integrate body communication and function.
Strain/Counter-Strain; Functional Technique and Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT)
Each of these techniques use sustained positioning in the position of most comfort to reduce neural irritation and allow relaxation of muscle spasm and normalisation of structural length and movement. Strain/Counter-Strain focuses on muscles; Functional Technique focuses on joints and BLT focuses on membranes, tendons or ligaments
Osteopathy may assist your body to most easily move through the changes associated with pregnancy, preparation for labour and back again post labour. Maximising safety and comfort for you and your growing baby throughout the entire exciting process
Gentle Osteopathic treatment in babies and young children may assist them in dealing with the pressures and strains of life in the womb and the birthing process. It may boost the immune system assisting a speedy recovery from childhood illnesses. Many families have found treatment useful in assisting suckling issues, reflux, colic, restlessness and other common difficulties faced in the newborn stage. It may further be of assistance during periods of sudden growth and after childhood sport related falls
At BlossomingMe, we use Prokinetic innersoles, uses stimulation of the feet to alter the the way the cerebellum organises the timing and coordination of muscles involved in posture and walking patterns. They can profoundly improve pain and conditions that are impacted on or created by foot mechanics