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What is Osteopathy? Manual osteopathy is a health care profession founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew T. Still in the USA, that focuses on disorders of the muscles, bones, nerves and joint systems, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Manual osteopathic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal and joints complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Manual osteopaths practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care. What techniques are used for treatment? Manual osteopathy constitutes many hands-on techniques such as soft tissue therapy (trigger point therapy, myofascial release technique), osteo-articular joint mobilization, therapeutic exercises and muscle energy techniques amongst others.
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Osteopathy and Mental Health – by Jared Postance By OOA | Published: March 12, 2013 This seems like a responsible topic to discuss since our Osteopath of the month was a leading contributor to the development in dealing with mental illness by utilizing Osteopathic manual approaches. In addition, the Dr. Still quote chosen this month describes his views on the interconnections between mind, body and spirit. Lastly as February falls upon us again we must accept and address phenomena like seasonal affective disorder in our practice. This is a issue that affects many Canadians each year. The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia defines “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a kind of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter.” Bodyandhealth.canada.com reports that for most people it tends to be worse in the fall or winter, making it an extreme form of the “winter blahs.” Some people, however, experience symptoms in the late spring or early summer. it is estimated that about 2 or 3 out or every 100 people are affected by SAD. About 15 out of every 100 people have less severe symptoms of SAD called the “winter blues.” They also suggest in their causes for SAD section that it may also be related to the levels of melatonin in the body, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland. The Canadian Psychology Association has named February Psychology month. “That dream became a reality, with the launch in February 2005 of the first annual Psychology Month in Canada. The goal of Psychology Month is to generate grassroots activities that will raise Canadians’ awareness of the role psychology plays in their lives and in their communities.” On February 12th Bell Canada is focused on making those who suffer from mental illness not ashamed to talk about them with the appropriate professionals. The Canadian Mental Health Association defines mental health as “Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships.” Canadian Olympic athlete Clara Hughes does a lot of work in this field, supporting those who suffer from Anxiety and Depression. Her campaign, in association with Bell Canada, “Lets Talk” has been a blessing to many. Mental illness have always been seen as a taboo subject. We all find that partaking in conversations about our friends or families physical ailments tolerable but when it comes to listening to people who are suffering from crippling emotional and mental issues it seems to cause us to run the other way. Since we know that the body is a dynamic unit of function and that the structure and function are intimately connected it would make sense that physical ailments lead to mental concerns and vice versa. Dr Still wrote in the Philosophy of Osteopathy, “There is one indispensable item to control this active body, or machine, and that is mind. With that added the whole machinery then works as man.” It would be a logical thought (fourth principle of osteopathy) that the application of Osteopathic manual therapy would benefit people dealing with their illness. Can Osteopathy really assist afflictions related the mind? Dr Still, his sons and Dr. Hildreth believed that many disturbances of the mind could benefit from the correction of the structure and function of the human body. We will explore the discussion and present the osteopathic view surrounding this style of treatment as a form of care for typical disorders associated with mental illness. In Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, under the chapter Osteopathic Considerations in the Behavioural Sciences they state that early Osteopaths noted there seemed to be movement restrictions associated with certain mental illness. The authors describe that they found considerably less freedom of suture motion and cranial vault resiliency in psychiatric patients. Specifically schizophrenia patients typically displayed immobility in the Occiput, bi-polar cases demonstrated restrictions at the sphenobasilar symphasis and Frontosphenoid articulations could be a predictor for involutional dimentias. A.G. Hildreth declared in 1929, “To what are nervous and mental breakdowns due? This cannot be answered in a single word. The one word, however which comes nearest, is ‘strain’ – physical strain, mental strain. Mental overwork, grief, worry, religious excitement, etc., physical overwork, injury to head or spine, exhaustion from hemorrhage, operations, childbirth, etc., acute and chronic infections, and diseases of metabolism, are causes.” Dr.’s Still and Hildreth believed that Osteopathy had a role in balances the body to relieve body and mental strain. Dr Hildreth reported after many years of clinical treatments at the Still-Hildreth Sanitarium “Physiological crises, such as puberty and menopause, inheritance of nervous instability, toxins or poisons, whether taken as drugs, formed by bacteria, absorbed from sluggish bowels, or formed in the tissues and retained in the blood through failure of elimination – all these are possible factors the production of mental disorders. Of these, heredity is just a predisposing cause. Nervous instability is all that is inherited. Probably every case is the cumulative result of a number of causes acting in concert.” This statement supports Dr. Still’s initial principle of Osteopathy that structure and function are intimately related. In Fifteen Years at Still-Hildreth, Dr Hildreth continues to explain that mechanical lesions directly affect our nerves that control blood supply and nutrition to the central cortex as well as those providing general nutrition to all organs including our brain. “A starved and poisoned brain cannot function well. So the mind breaks down under a strain that normally would not affect it.” Dr Hildreth spent considerable time dedicated to understand the link between mechanical/chemical dysfunction and mental illness. He discover that there were links but treatment of the cause was never an easy task. “Treatment, therefore, is primarily adjustment of structure to restore normal function. Most lesions require persistent efforts at correction for some time. The time required for recovery varies greatly, even in patients of the same type. The great majority of recoveries take place in from three to twelve months. A year does not exhaust the possibilities, however. Of sixteen manic-depressive cases that stayed over a year nine recovered and the time required ranged from thirteen to thirty months. There have been seven dementia praecox recoveries requiring more than a year and ranging from thirteen months to five years.” In conclusion, it seems evident that the principles of Osteopathy still hold true today. It also is obvious that we cannot ignore the relationship between mind/body and spirit. Be well.
Good posture, 5 Benefits: 1. Good posture can increase concentration and thinking ability. When you breath properly, oxygen to your brain is increased. Our brain requires 20% of oxygen to do its job properly. The more air we provide our brain, the more oxygen it gets, and the more brain food in receives. More brain food leads to more thoughts and ideas. Pretty simple right? 2. Good posture facilitates breathing, naturally enabling you to breathe properly. It opens up your ribs so your lungs have more room to inhale oxygen. 3. Good posture improves your image. People with good posture look smarter and more attractive. It can also make you look thinner. 4. Good posture makes you feel better about how you look. When you have a good posture, it helps to make you feel more self-confident. 5. And the most important, good posture helps you avoid health complications. Over time bad posture can result in several complications , such as increased risks of slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest, poor blood circulation. So whether you are exercising, having lunch, or cooking dinner, remember to practice good posture for your own wellness!
What is the difference between Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic? There are many small differences between the three professions and most of them are as a result of their evolution of practice. Historically, osteopathy was the first to be developed in 1874 and chiropractic branched off to form a separate profession in 1895. Although there remain many similarities in terms of the type of conditions treated, their philosophies now differ as a result of this separation. In general, an osteopath would be concerned with the function of the whole body, as well as its structure, taking into account the health of the spinal and other joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. A chiropractor would be concerned with the structural alignment of the spine with a view to ensuring good nerve function and may focus on spinal manipulation. A physiotherapist's treatment and their approach is mainly directed at exercises to strengthen muscles and help with post-operative rehabilitation.