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On Osteopathy and Alternative Therapies: What Can They Do for You?

Osteopathy works on the principle that good health is achieved and maintained when the bones, muscles, ligaments, and other connective tissues work in harmony. To achieve this end, an osteopath uses massage and stretching therapies so that the body can work to heal itself. Osteopaths don’t use drugs or surgery on their patients, but use their hands to practice their craft.

Osteopathy is becoming increasingly popular in the developed world as a complement and alternative to more conventional therapies. As more and more people spend days hunched over computers or engaging in active sports—with many reporting lower back, shoulder, and neck pains, as well as sports injuries and other aches—the demand for osteopathy increases.

Here in North America, Canadians are turning to osteopathy and other alternative therapies in order to relieve a variety of conditions. Massage therapies and acupuncture are particularly suitable for some who report problems not just with the neck, shoulders, and back, but wider conditions, too. Problems with the musculoskeletal system, asthma, period pain, digestive conditions and others can all be treated by osteopaths.

Sometimes, people suffer from pain that has no immediate apparent cause, or which has been treated by conventional means to no avail. In these cases, osteopathy and alternative therapies can offer some relief.

There is also medical evidence to suggest that symptoms of depression can be treated successfully with osteopathic manipulative treatment, while many patients also feel relief from their symptoms, thanks to acupuncture. Other alternative therapies, such as Reiki, are based on ancient Japanese practice, and aim to improve emotional health and wellbeing, as well as to increase the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Offering massage therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, Bowen therapy, Reiki, and naturopathy, the Sage Health and Wellness Clinic in Toronto has therapists who are experienced in treating all types of pain and adverse health conditions, including sports injuries, postural problems caused by pregnancy. The clinic can also do body detoxing and de-stressing and relaxing therapies.

(NHS Osteopathy Adjunctive osteopathic manipulative treatment in women with depression: a pilot study)