Manual Therapy

               

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Danny started taking interest in improving his own health in his early 20’s. After having lead a sedentary lifestyle to that point, he recognized the need to invest in his physical self to promote his mental health. Having had several accidents and traumas he found himself often faced with pain while trying to pursue any sort of physical fitness. This lead to trying all sorts of therapies over the years, however nothing seemed to last long term. He was introduced to a second year student of osteopathy who gave him a general osteopathic treatment. The results were so incredible that he chose to enroll himself in the same school as he wanted to be able to share his experience with as many people as possible. Danny’s time spent as a personal trainer and mobility specialist has lent a great deal of intuitive thinking towards his practice as a therapist. He is in the middle of his 3rd year of a 4 year education at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and currently practices manual therapy.

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Manual therapists use palpation with their hands only to assess the body from head to toe. They believe in the reciprocal interrelation of structure and function – that one cannot exist without the other. This requires they have a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology and their relationship to one another to build a picture of health (or struggle to maintain) within the body. They have been thoroughly educated on muscles, organs, nerves, arteries and lymphatics amongst others. With this knowledge, therapists observe structural and physiological differences occurring in the body such as asymmetries, restriction of motion, tissue texture and temperature change.

This unique approach to treatment focuses on the cause, rather than effect. Instead of emptying out buckets of water when the boat is leaking, manual therapy aims to find the hole in the vessel.

Avoiding technique focused procedures, manual therapy uses a principles based approach to offer treatment as unique as each individual, where no two treatments are alike. Treatments are 20-30 minutes in duration and are gentle, non invasive manipulations that leave most individuals feeling incredibly relaxed during their time on the treatment table, they may even need to woken up!

By careful observation, educated correlation and manipulations, manual therapists deliver a holistic approach to resolving dysfunction by seeking out the health the body inherently has to resolve itself.

Manual Therapy has been known to help with joint and muscle pain, hormone imbalances, digestive issues, headaches, and more.

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