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Osteopathy: How it Affects the Whole Body

by Leann Mai, M. OMSc

“I am a mess!!” Well at least that is what people often feel like! Our bodies have multiple systems that rely on each other, therefore if one system is not functioning- it has a knock off effect on others. For example; holding our breath (respiratory system) affects our cardiovascular system, which affects everything!! I can’t think of one system that doesn’t need fresh nutritious arterial blood. How about our digestive system? Acid problems can impact the mechanism of breaking food down into absorbable units which will affect the nervous system and often the integumentary system (skin/hair/nails). Anybody getting heartburn from those wings?! 

Osteopathy works with all systems of the body and improves how they interact. This means overall an improvement to your health.

Osteopathy can help with multiple day to day symptoms such as:

  • Low back pain
  • Fluid build-up / Edema
  • Heartburn / Constipation, IBS
  • Headaches Migraines
  • Plantar fasciitis / Arch pain in the feet
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle strains
  • Frozen shoulder/ Tennis elbow /Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Low energy
  • Arthritis

Osteopathy can help relieve these symptoms and improve your day to day functioning.   

Osteopathy can also help with some lesser known symptoms associated with:

  • Scoliosis
  • PMS
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Incontinence
  • Herniations
  • Osgood Schlatter disease
  • Bloating
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Male and female reproductive system dysfunction
  • Asthma
  • Varicose veins. 

You may have an even more difficult diagnosis that you are coping with, Osteopathy can help support you and all your systems to give you the best advantage of improving your quality of life. Alignment of the skeletal system through the muscular system and fascia of the integumentary system can also set you up for a faster recovery if you have injured yourself or are set to have surgery.

So if you feel like your “body is a mess”, I hope you feel a little more hopeful in that with the way the body compounds dysfunction it can also compound improved function, making for better days ahead! 


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