Osteopathy in Victoria
Osteopathy in Victoria focuses on the health of the musculoskeletal system - bone's, muscle's, joint's and ligament's. Pain, pins and needles, swelling and immobility might indicate when these tissues are in poor health. It is widely used as an alternative to Chiropractic adjustments to gently restores proper alignment of the joints.
It is a hands on method of identifying structural changes and rhythms within the body. Gentle palpation techniques are used to assess the mobility or restriction in soft tissues such as muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons. These movement patterns affect the alignment and range of motion of your joints including your spine, cranial bones and peripheral joints such as the hips, knees, wrists, etc. Restrictions in your body's natural movement patterns can lead to pain, dysfunction and compensation patterns.
The Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM) Philosophy
The Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM) has been summarized in five ideas. Intracranial Fluid Fluctuation: an interaction between the arterial blood, capillary blood, venous blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Fluctuation of the CSF: the term "Tide" can be used to describe the movement of fluid within the Primary Respiratory Mechanism. The CSF (fluid surrounding the brain and spinal chord contained within the skull and vertebrae of the spine) has a natural rhythmic ebb and flow. There is also a slow oscillation of all the tissues of the body, including the skull.
Mobility of the Intracranial and intra spinal Dural Membranes: Upledger discovered, during a surgical procedure, a slow pulsating movement of the spinal meninges. The membranes act as a fulcrum for fascial restrictions throughout the body and changes in their quality of tension can present as infection or allergic irritation.
Mobility of the Cranial Bones: Cranial sutures are almost immobile after fusion which inhibits but doesn't eliminate movement.
Craniosacral Treatment: A typical treatment last about an hour and is done with the patient fully clothed and laying in a supine (face up) position. The Upledger method includes a 10 step protocol:
1. Analyzing the base cranial rhythm
2. Creating a still point in that rhythm at the base of the skull
3. Rocking the sacrum
4. Lengthening the spine in the lumbo-sacral area
5. Addressing the pelvic, respiratory and thoracic diaphragms
6. Releasing the hyoid bone in the throat
7-10. Addressing mobility of each of the cranial bones
The practitioner may use only the steps necessary for each patient based on assessment and treatment goals. The therapist will place their hands very lightly on the body, tuning in to the patient's CSR (Craniosacral Rhythm). The treatment itself is generally very relaxing for the patient to experience.