The more I study and research the more I get fascinated with the subject. I have been asked a lot “what is Manual Ostepathy? How does that work? and why did you study it?” Before explaning the why , I should explain what Manual osteopathy is.
What is Osteopathy?
The word Osteopathy comes from two Greek words Osteo which means ” bone” and “pathy”means responding to. Doctor Andrew Taylor Still is the Founder of Osteopathy. After a lot of research, Dr. Still came with the conclusion that diseases were caused by disorders in the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, by treating the musculoskeletal system, a variety of diseases and negative effects from drugs could be treated.
It is then, a hands-on therapy, which encompasses manual techniques to align the spine, muscles, and ligaments.
When these areas are gently aligned, using direct or indirect techniques or both, this manipulation has an effect on, not only the function of the muscles, ligaments and/or fascia but also on the vital organs and the body systems at large like the digestive, nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, and circulatory systems.
How Manual Osteopathy works?
Now, an easy way to understand how Manual Osteopathy works is with and example. How about the Kidneys !!
Let’s start with the physical location of the right kidney. The lower aspect of the right kidney is located two fingers away from the belly bottom on the right hand side of your body’s mid-line.
The top aspect of the right kidney is located 10 cm from that lower point and a bit closer to the mid body line (in diagonal). The kidney’s location is at the level of the lumbar vertebrates L1 to L3, which is where the psoas muscle connects with the lumbar spine, then it crosses the hip bone and attaches to the femur.
Now, when stretching and strengthening the psoas muscle, because of it’s connection with the kidneys, due to it’s location, we are indirectly manipulating the right kidney, isn’t this great?
During an ostepathy treatment, therapist can access the kidney with the tips of the fingers. The patient is asked to rest on their back,therapist assists patient to bend the knees and lift feet from the table, at the same time the therapist places their fingertips on the location of the patient’s right kidney and gently digs in to safely connect with the kidney and manipulate in an upwards motion. Why doing this? the same reason you stretch your psoas and do twits. To keep them in the right place, bring circulation and keep them working properly. Obviously , we take into consideration the contraindications for every single technique we perform.
Why I decided to study Manual Osteopathy?
I am finding fascinating that we are able to locate the paths to our inner body using hands-on/ manual osteopathy techniques.
When I researched the principles of manual osteopathy, I immediately wanted to be part of it. I wanted to deeply comprehend and compare the vocabulary used in Yoga and the one used in osteopathy.
The deeper I get into the Yoga and manual osteopathy studies, the more similarities I find between both approaches as a path to holistic health and wellness.
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