Karla Brayshaw, Osteopathic Practitioner
Osteopathic Practitioners work well in multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary teams, and are important members of an integrative approach to healthcare.
Osteopathic Practitioners use a multi-system, integrated assessment to understand how physical, mental and emotional strains are impacting health. Treatment is aimed at restoring mobility, circulation and adaptability. Practitioners use an extensive toolbox of manual techniques including: myofascial release, strain counter strain, proprioceptive neuromuscular release, cranial osteopathy, structural realignment and visceral mobilization. Properly trained Osteopathic Practitioners provide safe, gentle and effective.
With many patients seeking natural and holistic healthcare, osteopathy is seen as gentle and non-invasive.
Osteopathic practitioners work collaboratively with other disciplines and perceive themselves as complimentary, not alternative.
Osteopathy has been established as an effective treatment for conditions that have a significant musculoskeletal component. Systemic and metabolic conditions and complex pain syndromes can also be assisted and alleviated by the osteopathic approach, often in collaboration with other health professionals.
Conditions for which Osteopathic Practitioners and Osteopathic Practitioners are commonly consulted include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain and headache
- Upper and lower limb pain and dysfunction
- Occupational strain/postural strain
- Sports injuries
- Post-trauma/post-operative rehabilitation
- Muscular/joint aches, pains and stiffness.
- Chest pain and restriction associated with breathing disorders e.g. asthma, respiratory tract infections
- Back pain and other symptoms associated with pregnancy
- TMJ dysfunctions
- Otitis media
- Menstrual problems
- Digestive disorders
- Pediatric developmental milestones
- Breastfeeding challenges
Scientific Evidence to support Osteopathy
Osteopathy is built on a foundation of science. Anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology are the fundamental armamentarium.
The Osteopathic International Alliance Status Report on Osteopathy states that “There is substantial evidence that osteopathic manipulation is a safe, effective and conservative means of treatment. Osteopathic manipulative treatment appears to be safe both in children and adults when implemented by competent, well-trained practitioners.”
There is a growing body of research supporting the efficacy of osteopathic treatment, particularly for low back pain and tension headaches.
We encourage you to review the compilation of past and current research supporting the efficacy of osteopathic healthcare. To read articles and studies, click HERE
(*Modified from Osteopathic BC website)