Osteopathy & Athletic Therapy
What to Expect
Your First Visit - OSTEOPATHY (& Athletic Therapy Treatment)
During the initial visit your Osteopathic Practitioner will take a detailed health history and perform a physical examination focusing on the QUALITY OF MOVEMENT of your spine, joints, muscles, and nervous system. In rate cases, other examinations or tests, such as x-rays, may also be recommended before proceeding with future appointments.
If Osteopathy treatment is considered appropriate, a treatment plan will be developed to meet your specific needs by incorporating a variety of treatment techniques including:
- Hands on adjustments - diversified techniques ranging from gentle joint mobilizations, stretching, muscle re-activation techniques and ligament balancing techniques to name a few
- Muscle release techniques - to reduce muscle "knots", scar tissue and adhesions within the fascial systems
- Organ Manipulations - the digestive system attaches onto the spine and therefore can influence the movement of the body (releasing these organs can improve the function of the organ as well as enhance movement of the body especially the spine).
- Cranial- Sacral Manipulation - the skull has a rhythmical movement called the cranial-sacral rhythm which resembles a movement similar to a jelly-fish. In some cases, this rhythm can be disrupted due to impact to the head or a fall on the tailbone and can impact the movement of the cerebral-spinal fluid up and down the spine which should circulate 5-6 times per day.
If your Osteopathic Practitioner decides that your condition would be appropriately treated or co-treated by another health care professional, she will make the appropriate referral.
Follow Up Visits
During follow up visits your Osteopathic Practitioner may utilize one or more of the many different kinds of adjustments and manual care techniques INCLUDING LASER-LIGHT THERAPY used in enhancing recover times but reducing inflammation. Your treatment will often include exercises to correct postural issues and muscle weaknesses to hep maintain corrections made during the sessions.
** Nichelle Thomson CAT(C), DOMP, AO has taken Continuing Education Courses (CEU's) as an Athletic Therapist in ALL Osteopathic related techniques. Consequently, Nichelle can practice the same in during all treatment sessions whether you have Osteopathy coverage of Athletic Therapy coverage with your private insurance.**