What is your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner doing – Part 1: Assessment
Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:31PM
Dr. Martin Dziak in Osteopathy, bone, hands on, osteopathic manual therapy

In its most simplest form Osteopathy is a manual hands-on therapy that seeks to restore the body’s natural inherent ability to heal. By identifying structures or tissues that are in dysfunction your practitioner can locate parts of your body that are not functioning as effectively as they should be, which may be resulting in your unwanted symptoms. When an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is palpating the different structures of your body, they are attempting to feel which areas feel ‘off’. Every human tissue that has undergone trauma or distress acts in densification, whether it’s bone tissue, muscle tissue, organ tissue, skin tissue etc… The tissue becomes denser. We have all experienced this one time or another when we have suffered an impact to a muscle, such as when we get a ‘charley horse’. The muscle tissue reacts this way to support and promote healing at the injured area. However, changes in human tissue can also result without direct trauma. Tissues can change due to the compensation of other tissues that are in distress. While these secondary tissues may not be affected as severely as tissue that received direct trauma, they can change enough to affect the body as a whole. It is all these variable changes that your practitioner is taking into account in an attempt to detect the main source or root cause of the problem.

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