Osteopathy is a branch of medical practice which emphasizes the treatment of medical disorders through non-invasive manipulation and soft tissue therapy of the bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissue, called fascia. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (OMP) is a licensed practitioner who endeavours to improve people’s overall health and wellness by treating the whole person, not just a condition or disease they may have.
Our licensed Santé Group HealthCare Osteopathic Manual Practitioner practices osteopathic manipulative medicine, uses hands-on, manual treatments to reduce and relieve pain and tension in the musculoskeletal system, increase physical mobility, and improve the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids.
Sports injuries, trauma, and chronic pain are just a few of the areas in which an OMP can provide welcomed relief.
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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. Lymphatic drainage is a type of therapy that is intended to help the body produce a free-flowing lymphatic system.
Using exacting anatomical science and distinctive manual processes, lymphatic drainage therapy enables Santé Group HealthCare practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymphatic flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform manual lymphatic drainage of the vessels to assess overall circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations.
Therapists work with flat hands, using all the fingers to stimulate gentle, specific wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results can be:
- Reduction in edema (swelling) and lymphedema of various origins
- Detoxification of the body
- Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
- Anti-aging effects
- Relief of chronic and subacute inflammation, sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
- Relief of chronic pain
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
- Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
Lymphatic drainage therapy consists of a manual massage, performed by a Santé Group HealthCare lymphatic drainage therapist. A lymphatic drainage massage primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage is believed to reduce blockage, which promotes health in the lymphatic system as well as other body systems such as the circulatory, respiratory, muscular and endocrine systems. Some therapists believe that lymphatic drainage therapy can also reduce allergies, menstrual cramps, colds and other viruses.
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Craniosacral Therapy enhances the functioning of the physiological entity that envelopes the brain and the entire spinal cord and central nervous system by manipulating the bones of the skull to treat a diverse range of symptoms and conditions – from simple headaches to spinal cord injuries.
Life expresses itself as motion. At a fundamental level of our physiological functioning all healthy, living tissues subtly “breathe” with the motion of life – a phenomenon that produces rhythmic impulses which can be palpated by sensitive hands.
The breath of life produces a series of rhythms in the body that make up a subtle physiological system, called the primary respiratory system. The ability of tissues to express their natural rhythmic motion is a critical factor in determining their state of health, since the primary respiratory system carries the essential forces which maintain our physiological balance and order. These forces act as a fundamental blueprint for health which can be seen in operation as far back as our early embryologic development. If this original intention can find expression, health will result.
Our Santé Group HealthCare practitioners have thoroughly developed their subtle palpatory skills and can read the story of the body by sensing the patterns and qualities of primary respiratory motion. They help free any areas of inertia so that the ordering forces of the breath of life find expression in the tissues. When this happens, it is marked by the restoration of balance and symmetry in primary respiratory motion and a return to normal functioning.
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on approach that involves “listening with the fingers” to the body’s subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia and congestion. The emphasis of treatment is to encourage and enhance the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities, even in the most acute resistances and pathologies.
Craniosacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing. Contact us today for more information on how Craniosacral Therapy can help you!