Are you dealing with chronic pain anywhere in your body, and haven’t been able to find relief?
Recovering from an injury and need support to get back to your normal self?
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression, including in relation to a current or recent pregnancy?
Have you ‘tried everything’ and nothing works?
If so, an osteopathic manual therapy practitioner (OMTP) at Annex Naturopathic may be able to help you.
What Is Osteopathic Manual Therapy?
You may have heard the term osteopathy. Osteopathic Manual Therapy (sometimes called Classical Osteopathy) is gaining in popularity, though there’s nothing new about it. It’s been around since the late 1800’s.
Osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) is a discipline of natural medicine developed by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, a minister, medical doctor, and military member during the American Civil War. He developed osteopathic manual therapy as a drug free natural manual therapy treatment, for addressing through reason and rational thought, the causes of pain and suffering in the people he lived and worked with.
Because the term “osteopath” refers to a certain type of medical doctor, a person who practices osteopathic manual therapy is called an osteopathic manual therapy practitioner (OMTP). They graduate in Canada with either a MOMSc or a DOMP. This therapy addresses imbalances in the body, with the goal of allowing the body to heal itself and achieve a greater state of health.
Your OMTP won’t use drugs or medication. They will not medically diagnose you. Instead, they work on the awareness that your body is capable of healing itself, and just needs some support to be able to do that again.
During treatment, your osteopathic manual therapy practitioner will use a skill called palpation to assess and treat your body. They will discover the current state of your body, and where you might need some extra attention. Your osteopathic manual therapy practitioner does this by having their hands on the different tissues of your body, looking for changes in motion, texture, temperature, and even moisture levels.
Through this process, your osteopathic manual therapy practitioner can help identify the root cause of whatever health issues you may be experiencing, and provide you with treatment to address those issues, helping your body bring its systems back into balance.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy Treatments For Back Pain
Back pain is a more common issue in today’s world than ever before. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, 80% of Canadians will experience some form of back pain at some point in their life.
This is thanks in part to the fact that so many of us live sedentary lives sitting behind a desk with poor posture. Back pain can also come as a result of injuries, congenital conditions, or unknown reasons. But you don’t have to live with it forever. Osteopathic Manual Therapy treatment may help.
By gently manipulating your muscles, soft tissues and joints, Osteopathic Manual Therapy treatment gently manipulates the tissues of your body, such as muscles, soft tissue and joints, which may relieve your back pain, helping you enjoy a higher quality of life.
And if you are healthy, osteopathic manual therapy can help you identify areas of potential concern for you in the future, to help you remain pain-free as much as possible.
Contact Annex Naturopathic to book a consultation with an osteopathic manual therapy practitioner to find out how you can get relief from your chronic back pain.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy Treatments For Musicians, Dancers, Athletes – Performers of all Types
If you’re an amateur or professional performer (athlete, dancer, musician, etc), you push your body harder than the average person. As a result, you’re at greater risk to injury or repetitive strain than the average person. That’s just part of your life, a reality you live with.
While recovering from an injury is important to get you back on the track – or stage, studio, rink, pitch, water, or wherever your activity takes place – wouldn’t you rather prevent that injury in the first place?
This is where an osteopathic manual therapy practitioner can help. An osteopathic manual therapy practitioner can not only help you recover, they can help you prevent your injury in the first place.
Your classical osteopathic manual therapy practitioner can work with you to find out what your body needs to stay healthy. This might include education such as posture improvements, movement strategies and exercises, and of course osteopathic manual therapy manipulation.
Many healthy people choose to have treatments a few times a year – much like you would take your car in regularly for an oil change, lube and filter. By encouraging your body’s natural healing mechanisms, your osteopathic manual therapy practitioner can help you stay strong and healthy, avoid potentially career-ending injuries, and keep you at the top of your performance.
Call Annex Naturopathic today to book a consultation with an osteopathic manual therapy practitioner, and find out how classical osteopathic treatment can help you.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy Treatment For Insomnia
Are you having trouble sleeping? If so, you’re not alone.
Although it’s difficult to quantify, according to Statistics Canada, fully 25% of Canadians report some sort of dissatisfaction with their sleep.
We now know more than ever before about sleep, and how important it is for your health to have good sleep hygiene. While the 8 hour sleep rule has been common knowledge for a long time, we now understand that the quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity. But for those who have stressful lives, have children or struggle with chronic pain, the quality of your sleep can sometimes be lacking.
Through encouraging your body’s innate ability to heal itself, classical osteopathic manual therapy treatment can help you improve your sleep quality.
Call us at Annex Naturopathic today to book an appointment with an OMTP, and find out how we can help you sleep better.
Classical Osteopathic Manual Therapy Treatment For Chronic Illnesses
If you’re struggling with a chronic illness, there is often a much wider effect on your whole body. Those with asthma, for example, may end up with muscle or back pain due to coughing fits, as can those with digestive issues, from the strain it sometimes involves.
In cases like this, osteopathic manual therapy can help you find relief from some of the secondary symptoms of your chronic illness.
Over time, with consistent treatment, your osteopathic manual therapy practitioner can help you by positively impacting your soft tissue and the ability of the body to heal itself. This may help lessen the severity of symptoms, and help your body help itself to combat other symptoms more effectively.
Contact Annex Naturopathic to find out more about how osteopathic manual therapy can help you with your chronic illness.
Classical Osteopathic Manual Treatment For Chronic Stress And Anxiety
Anxiety can be one of the most difficult disorders for a person to deal with, because, in some ways it is invisible to others. While acute anxiety, like the night before a big test or pre-wedding jitters, for example, is fairly normal – chronic anxiety is different
If you’re dealing with anxiety on an ongoing basis, it can have a negative effect on a wide variety of systems throughout your body. And what’s more, those who live with chronic anxiety sometimes don’t even realize it’s an issue. After all, when you’ve dealt with a condition your entire life, it can just seem like a normal part of life.
However, there is hope. Osteopathic manual therapy treatment may affect your nervous, regulatory and immune systems, which may reduce tension and may indirectly improve your mood. Many patients describe feeling more relaxed walking away after seeing an osteopathic manual therapy practitioner than they did before, which is in part a result of how relaxing an experience a treatment can be. Often many patients see consistent and stable changes after several treatments, and have more energy to make the changes they need to make in their life.
If you’re struggling with chronic anxiety or stress, osteopathic manual therapy may help. Contact Annex Naturopathic today to find out more.
Contact Annex Naturopathic
At Annex Naturopathic, our osteopathic manual therapy approach is designed to address your whole body, rather than just individual, symptom or area based issues. Your OMTP will work with you to discover the root cause of your health experience and provide you with treatments designed to get you feeling great once more.
Contact Annex Naturopathic to book a consultation, and find out more about how classical osteopathic manual therapy can help you with your unique health needs.