As a dancers, we twist, fall, jump, run up walls and throw ourselves into other human's bodies on purpose! We love what we do but this movement can cause new or repetitive stresses on the body that can cause imbalances that leads to aches, pains, and creaky joints. These imbalances could be muscular, circulatory, or even digestive.
There are many ways in which one can maintain their body. Chiropractor, acupuncture, physical therapy. One option that is a bit less well known is Osteopathy. Osteopathy is a natural medicine, that assesses the body as a whole and uses manual techniques to balance the body's systems. Analysis of all the systems of the body (visceral, digestive, musculo-skeletal, circulatory, neurological, and cranial) takes place. Looking at how these systems are working together and if they are balanced. Osteopathy uses a hands on approach to balance these systems in the body, to get the body back to normal function. Examples of hands on work may include realigning the sacrum, releasing the femur in the hip joint, or moving organs back to proper place in the torso. While this may sound intense and perhaps a little scary. From personal experience, I can confidently say the experience of going to a Osteopathic practitioner is a very positive one.
What is unique about osteopathy, is it's holistic (whole body) approach. If the ankle is hurting because it is jammed up, a practitioner will assess how that misalignment as affected the rest of the body. On your first visit with an Osteopathic Practitioner, you will receive an interview and a full body evaluation. In the States there are Doctors of Osteopath and in Canada there are DOPM, also known as Osteopathic Practioners. These two roles are similar but not the same. For more information please refer to the links below.
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