With light manipulation and palpation of musculoskeletal, myofascial and other fundamental structures, the osteopath maintains mobility of the body in order to help organ function. For the osteopath, an old sprain or prolonged bad posture, for example, can have great importance if the patient suffers from chronic pain or a functional problem like constipation, migraines, and even depression. The osteopath treats a number of musculoskeletal and functional problems, aiming to improve the patient’s overall health.
Cranial osteopathy, or craniosacral therapy, is a more specialized field of osteopathy based on a unique concept: the primary respiratory mechanism (PRM). This very fine pulsation felt in the cranium reflects a patient’s vitality and therefore is an important regulating mechanism according to the osteopath. In the presence of a health problem, this pulsation may change slightly, causing a form of restriction to organ functions. These fluctuations are detected and adjusted by the practitioner by way of subtle palpation, a kind of “manual listening”. Osteopathy does not interact with medications and can be adapted to all patients, even pregnant women and children.
Therapeutic applications of osteopathy include treatment of the following health problems: herniated intervertebral disk, cervicalgia, lumbar pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, sprain, ptosis, incontinence, slow digestion, gastro-esophageal reflux, constipation, labyrinthitis, migraine, gynecological pain, fibromyalgia, recurrent otitis in children, and colic in newborns.
Marc Gagnon, Osteopathy