Our body has an innate ability to heal itself. However, there are instances when it is unable to do so. This can be due to injuries, stress, or illnesses. Osteopathic manual therapy can help in these situations as it promotes the body's own healing process.
Osteopathic manual therapy is available for everyone, including infants and children. From office workers to athletic individuals, osteopathic manual therapy can be used to improve posture, manage chronic pain, and prevent the onset of injuries.
Osteopathic manual therapy focuses on the patient and the principle that the body structures and functions are interrelated. And when there is a balance within these systems, patients can reduce stress and dysfunction.
Osteopathic manual therapy usually incorporate stretching exercises and other techniques, such as massage. Your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner will customize a treatment plan depending on your healthcare needs.
Manual therapy is a crucial part of the treatment process. Osteopathic manual practitioner use their hands and a high developed sense of touch called skilled palpation to examine the health of the spine, organs and soft tissues (muscles, fascia and ligaments). Affected joints will be treated with gentle manipulation to improve alignment and range of movement. You will also be provided rehabilitative advice which you can apply to your daily routine.
During your first meeting with your osteopathic manual practitioner, you will be asked about symptoms you are experiencing. Share details about your health-related problems and any type of treatment and medications you used to address them. The information you provide is held in confidentiality.
Your osteopathic manual practitioner may also request that you perform simple movements, such as walking, should they deem a condition is related to specific areas of your body. You may also be asked to remove items of clothing so that the affected area of your body can be properly examined. Because of this, it helps to bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt or tank top to your appointment.
Your osteopathic manual practitioner will conduct a further assessment of the affected area to identify issues and possible treatments. It’s highly likely they will also recommend particular exercises you can perform at home to help ease your condition.
The duration of your first appointment may vary as your osteopathic manual practitioner deems necessary. Your osteopathic manual practitioner may also refer you to another therapist at One to One Wellness or an outside specialist, depending on their findings.
Osteopathic manual therapy patients can range from babies to elderly people. Here are common conditions osteopathic manual therapy can be used for.
Osteopathic manual therapy look into your body as a whole. They can be beneficial for many reasons:
Overall, osteopathic manual therapy, as a treatment, can also be very relaxing. Your stress levels are reduced and body efficiency is improved.
Osteopathic manual practitioners are complementary healthcare practitioners. Generally, a Postgraduate degree is required to practice osteopathic manual therapy. Further requirements may differ per location.
Here at One to One Wellness in Halifax, we also offer osteopathic manual therapy to our patients. Patients of all ages are welcome to come in for an assessment.
Whether you are curious as to how osteopathic manual therapy can help you or are unsure what the problem is, our osteopathic manual practitioner and the rest of our team can accommodate you.
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Martha Faron M.Ost UK
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Sarah Taggart M.Ost UK
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Professional memberships: General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) of the United Kingdom, Ontario Association of Osteopaths, and the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths.
Martha Faron, a native of Worcester, MA, USA, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in Communications in 1998. She began her career in emergency medicine and as a firefighter, reflecting her desire to help people in need of immediate care. These jobs required her to be physically fit and it was through sports (basketball, fencing, cross country skiing, backpacking, kayaking) and being treated for injuries that developed her interest in manual medicine. She went on to complete postgraduate studies in Pre-Medicine in 2008 at UMass Amherst and a Master’s degree in Osteopathic manual therapy (M.Ost) in 2014 from the British School of Osteopathy in London, UK.
Osteopathic manual therapy aims to harness the innate healing abilities of the body whilst supporting a patient’s physical recovery using manual therapy and rehabilitative exercise. Her role as an osteopathic manual practitioner is to guide, educate, and empower the patient during their treatment, with the patient at the center of the process.
Martha has extensive experience in the treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions and she can develop a care plan suited to the patient’s individual healthcare needs. She utilizes a multidisciplinary approach in treating musculoskeletal pain using dry needling, sport massage therapy and Reiki, alongside her osteopathic manual therapy technique training. Her approach to patient rehabilitation and after care is informed by being a senior yoga instructor and lecturer for the past 16 years and her further study on exercise in the workplace for her Master’s dissertation.
Martha has specialist interests in the management of patients with chronic pain and has advanced training in the use of mindfulness meditation and acceptance commitment therapy (ACT). Her further post-graduate education in visceral osteopathy with the Barral Institute and Jean Pierre Barral DO, has enhanced her knowledge of functional treatments for patient with systemic conditions.
Martha welcomes patients of all ages for osteopathic manual therapy treatment to manage their current health issues and restore a sense of balance and wellbeing in their lives.
Sarah graduated from the University College of Osteopathy (formerly the British School of Osteopathy) in London, UK where she earned a Masters Degree in Osteopathy in 2019. Sarah also graduated from Dalhousie University in 2015 with a B.Sc. (majoring in Neuroscience).
She has experience providing osteopathic care in the UK to patients in various stages of life and circumstances, such as the elderly, pregnant women, athletes, people experiencing homelessness, and individuals with HIV/AIDS. Sarah is pleased to be back in Nova Scotia and to provide care to people in her home community.
Sarah was drawn to the practice of osteopathy based on its core principles and approach to patient healthcare. Osteopathy is a manual therapy which views the body as a dynamic and interconnected unit, in which the person’s biology, psychological state, and social situation impact one another. It takes a patient-centred approach to healthcare and strives to act as a catalyst in the person’s recovery process and the ability to manage their condition.
Sarah aims to enhance each patient’s health and well-being by identifying the factors that are influencing the individual’s capacity to adapt and function in their environment. She tailors each appointment and management plan to suit the client’s personal goals, lifestyle, and general well-being by using a range of osteopathic manual techniques, providing lifestyle and exercise recommendations, and educating patients. Sarah predominantly works with structural osteopathic techniques but also uses craniosacral, functional, and visceral modalities.
Sarah comes from Dartmouth, NS, where she has been involved in organized sport, community service, and leading youth recreational activities for most of her life. She enjoys spending time swimming, running, and playing soccer, as well as playing the piano and traveling.
Her professional membership includes the General Osteopathic Council (UK) and registrations with the Ontario Association of Osteopaths and the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths.