Gentle manipulation of the bones, soft tissues and organs for therapeutic purposes
Manual treatment is a hands-on treatment approach. It involves gentle manipulation of the bones, soft tissues and organs to help restore optimal function. Techniques used include but but are not limited to:
Osteopathic manual therapy aims to correct the structural integrity of the body, and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. There are unique principles which guide its practice.
1) Structure governs function
Proper postural alignment and proper movement of the bones and other structures is vitally important to their optimal function.
2) The role of the artery is absolute
Without proper circulation the body’s tissues cannot function or heal optimally.
3) Functional unity of the organism
Every part of the organism (body, mind, spirit) is interrelated with all of its other parts. We must treat the patient in front of us as a whole. The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
4) The autoregulatory system of the body
The body has a natural tendency towards healing and towards balance or homeostasis. We must aim to support this natural tendency towards healing and remove anything that is blocking the autoregulatory system of the body from functioning optimally.
Manual Treatment at Valley Naturopath
Katrina is currently studying osteopathic manual practice at the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques in Montreal. She has completed 5 years of study along with written and practical exams, and is currently completing her thesis.