What is this Manual Therapy?
Osteopathy is, according to the World Health Organization, relies on manual contact with techniques for assessment and treatment. It respects the relationship of body, mind, and spirit in health and disease; it lays emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body and the body’s intrinsic tendency for self-healing.
Manual Osteopathy Practitioners (DOMP) or Manual Therapists use a wide variety of therapeutic manual techniques to improve physiological function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by somatic (body framework) dysfunction, i.e. impaired or altered function of related components of the somatic system; skeletal, arthrodial and myofascial structures; and related vascular, lymphatic, and neural elements. They use their understanding of the relationship between structure and function to optimize the body’s self-regulating, self-healing capabilities.
This holistic approach to client care and healing is based on the concept that a human being is a dynamic functional unit, in which all parts are interrelated and which possesses its own self-regulatory and self-healing mechanisms. One essential component of osteopathic health care is osteopathic manual therapy, typically called osteopathic manual techniques (OMT), which refers to an array of tissue mobilization techniques that may be combined with other treatments or advice, for example on diet, physical activity, and posture, or counseling.
This field is one of the fastest-growing health fields in Australia and the world alike. The number of people choosing to visit a manual osteopathy Practitioner for treatment has increased by 270% since 2012.
Manual Osteopathy/ Manual Therapists or Practitioners in Canada and the US do not offer a medical diagnosis, that is the domain of a medical doctor and are not registered with the College and Physicians and Surgeons in Canada; however, are an integral part of complementary health care, both in rural and metropolitan areas.
10 Things that most DOMP/Manual Therapists won’t do:
Although other practitioners may offer osteopathic techniques in their treatments, Manual Osteopathy Practitioners (DOMP) are specifically trained for properly assessing clients, utilizing and following up assessments and techniques with full scope nutrition and exercise planning. When there is a situation in question, or out of the scope of practice, the client is asked to consult with their M.D.
In support of overall health and wellness, Turner Institute offers a wide variety of clinics, from our General, Associates and OnSite clinics, which are open to the general public and a wide variety of conditions and complaints, to specialty clinics designed specifically for adults, children, seniors and clients with sports injuries.
We also deliver a number of clinics within the community, including In-Clinic and OnSite, providing disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups with access to Manual Therapy care.
Our Practice, Education and Training is based on the 5 main models of structure-function relationships, the basis of Manual Therapy, which includes:
Our clients, their health and wellness goals are the basis and focus of what we do as Manual Therapists. We value the relationship we have with each of our clients and ensure that we have the time to truly understand their health-related challenges and the unique combinations of their concerns, lifestyle, medical history, and health goals.
We understand that physical problems can be caused by emotional stress and strain, and we work with each individual and together we help find the source of the issue and create a treatment plan to meet their goals.
When the situation presents itself, a visit to the MD is the first course of action and is always recommended.
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European Osteopathy or Manual Therapy (DOMP) is a system of assessment (not diagnosis) and treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Practitioners are not statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals, who work mainly in the private healthcare sector but some osteopaths also work in primary, secondary and tertiary care in Canada. Manual Osteopaths/Manual Therapists are
Osteopaths take a detailed case history and perform a thorough clinical examination to help understand the nature of your pain and symptoms so that they can arrive at a diagnosis. Practitioners use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to help increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle/joint tension and pain.
DOMPs and Manual Therapists often combine a range of other treatment techniques in their approach, such as rehabilitative exercises, advice about how you can self-manage your condition and educational approaches to help you understand your pain and the factors which influence it.
In the UK and worldwide, osteopaths are trained to assist not decide, as to whether assessment or treatment from other healthcare professionals is necessary, such as referral (suggestion) for further tests (eg: x-ray or MRI scan), or for an opinion from a medical specialist. Your Manual Therapist (DOMP) will discuss this should the need arise during the course of your treatment.
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