“Melanie is not only very professional, but a very warm, friendly and caring person who really helps take the aches and pains out and put the smiles back in.” Bill H.
At the core of visceral manipulations is the interrelationship between structure and function regarding organs and the musculoskeletal system. Tensions sometimes arise in or around one organ creating adhesions, abnormal points of tension or displacement. This will not only affect the organ itself but can affect the good functioning of surrounding organs. In turn, this can lead to chronic irritation, disease and dysfunction.
Osteopathy also deals with the issues with the musculo-skeletal framework. This framework includes joints, the soft tissue surrounding them, muscles and the fascia. In order to deal with issues of the musculo-skeletal system, we use techniques such as (including, but not limited to) low velocity techniques, mobilisations and compaction/decompaction. By using a number of these techniques, the practitioner is able to relieve muscular spasm and ligament tensions; restoring mobility to the structure.
Cranial manipulations are guided by two aspects. The first being Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm, which consists of the rhythm of the tissue, and the second, is the motion of each bone on an axis. Both aspects can be disrupted by tension in the body. The practitioner compares the rhythm and motion of the cranial bowl of the patient to those of optimal health. From this, practitioners can detect the stresses in the patient’s body as well as the patient’s overall state of health.
Biodynamics is a branch of osteopathy which deals more with the energy of the body and is based on embryology. In the embryology state, cells move locations as they specialize and become a structure. These movements in the embryo are called “biodynamics”. At the centre of biodynamics, there is the midline; a remnant of the embryonic notochord which is to become our central nervous system, from head to toe. This midline persists through life to “guide and organize our physiology.”