~ Osteopathic Bodywork
~ Medical Evaluation
What to expect on your first session:
The first step is to decide if you are primarily interested in therapeutic or medical sessions. Therapeutic sessions do not create medical records so the vast majority of the time is spent on receiving therapies aimed at promoting general health and wellness. Medical sessions create a medical record and more time must be spent on documentation, making a health assessment and a plan of care. A session with Mr Henderson can focus on any of the modalities listed here, or it can be a combination of them. Sessions are conducted fully clothed. The typical course of therapy is 3-5 sessions conducted weekly. Returning for long term weekly sessions is not the objective of this therapy.
Osteopathic Manipulation Technique Details
This type of OMT uses gentle positioning to influence the nervous reflex that is preventing the somatic dysfunction from correcting itself. The clinician slowly moves the patient into a position where these abnormal reflexes are “turned off.” As this is a position of comfort, the technique is not painful. The position of comfort is held until the nervous system “resets” itself. The clinician is then able to slowly move the patient so that the muscle returns to its normal length. This technique uses almost no force.
The client’s muscles are actively engaged from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against an exact counterforce. With post isometric relaxation a joint is freed up by the relaxation of specific muscles after contraction. Reciprocal inhibition takes advantage of the fact that when a muscle’s antagonist is contracted, the muscle is inhibited and relaxes. This work mobilizes restricted joints, lengthens tense muscles and fascia, strengthens to address asymmetrically weak muscles, decreases hypertonicity, and improves circulation and respiration. This technique also takes advantage of neurological reflexes that occur with muscle action.
MR is a subtle technique of direct and indirect palpation. The clinician manually reduces with slow gentle and sometimes very deep steady gliding palpation. This treats myofascial (muscle & fascial sheath around muscle) structures and related neural and vascular components. It allows elongation of the myofascial structures resulting in: muscle relaxation, improved cellular nutrition, oxygenation, and waste removal by enhancing circulation and unlocking deep tension. Whereas muscles can be contracted, fascia cannot – it can, however, be torqued, twisted and elastically deformed. As a result, fascia can retain tension due to physical and emotional trauma.
Cranial work is a specific approach within the osteopathic concept. It influences the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Creating an impact on the total body and initiating the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself. Fascial connections throughout the body are contiguous with the lining around the central nervous system. Practitioners of cranial osteopathy utilize a manual approach to evaluate and harmonize very deep rhythms and correct subtle malposition and articulation of the cranium and its primary rhythmic impulse to the whole body.
Medical evaluation with physical examination and the generation of new paperwork and chart notes are offered. Medical care is limited to basic problems with a focus on chronic physical problems of the body and natural health care options. Prescriptions for drugs can be offered on an individual bases when indicated.