A misconception that people often have about osteopathy is that it is all about bones and ‘cracking’.
While “osteo” indeed means bone in Latin the founder of osteopathy Dr Andrew Taylor Still believed that by correcting problems in the body’s structure and aligning the musculoskeletal system and by doing so freeing the vascular system, through the use of manual techniques, the body’s ability to function and to heal itself could be significantly improved and lead to good health, while an out-of-alignment system would result in poor health.
But osteopathy is more than that. Osteopath’s focus on treating the whole patient, rather than just the disease. Their fine-tuned touch is the only tool to diagnose and treat and treatment can be a spinal alignment but also includes freeing articulations, muscles, mobilising organs and many more other techniques.
The purpose of osteopathy is to help the body’s ability to function and to heal itself by freeing restrictions and optimising vascular flow.
In my practice, I always start with the Reaset Approach a novel body mind and educational approach that I developed and researched over the last 11 years and which I’ve been able to prove it’s effectiveness on lowering pain and perceived stress but also anxiety.
Practically this means that after a short talk about why the patient comes to seek help for (common are: neck, shoulder and back pain, stress, general malaise and health issues without clear diagnosis) the patient goes and lays down on the treatment table (fully clothed), and I start by holding the persons head lightly.
In very stressed people the head feels hard, tense, heavy a bit like a dried up sponge (am not kidding). But after several minutes of gently following the strains and releasing the tensions, the head starts to feel lighter and more fluid like a sponge that has been dipped into a bucket of water.
Patients experience this ‘Reaset’ – or return to ease – too and often say that it’s like a blanket of peace and calm that comes over and into them. Some even experience a sensation of being reborn.
After the ‘Reaset’ I continue with releasing tensions in neck, shoulders, arms, legs, lower back and check if the diaphragm (which can build up tension after strong emotions) and bio-field energy work.
The objective of an osteopathy consultation including the Reaset approach is:
- Bringing calm and clarity of mind
- Balance the stress response by increasing parasympathetic activity
- Increasing the mobility of joints
- Relieving build-up muscular tensions
- Enhancing blood supply to tissues
- Helping the body to heal
- Pain relief
- Return optimal functioning in body, mind and spirit
- Insights into stress management and resilience techniques you can apply