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Osteopathic Manipulation

Key Benefits

  • Decreases pain in the connective tissue and nerves
  • Eliminates some types of headaches, lower-back and neck pains
  • Corrects structural imbalances
  • Improves body function and ability to heal


Osteopathy is a soft manual therapy involving manipulation of the musculoskeletal system to reduce tension and improve function of the muscles, nervous system, fascial (connective tissue) system, and skeletal system. In turn, this reduces tension in all other systems. It also improves the energy flow through the acupuncture meridian pathways, which improves the function of all organ systems.

Osteopathic manipulation is a non-invasive therapy that should be used to assist and facilitate all other therapies to maximize positive affect on every system of the body.

Osteopathic manipulation (osteopathy) is also integral to dental orthodontics as stress is built up in the teeth, jaws, jaw muscles and cranium during orthodontic tooth movement. Osteopathy releases this stress so that tension is constantly dissipated and tooth and jaw movement is facilitated. Stress built up in the jaws and cranium during orthodontics can be transmitted to the rest of the body; thus, osteopathy during orthodontics is for the physical health of the whole body.

Osteopathic Manipulation & The Craniosacral System

The key aspect of osteopathic manipulation revolves around the craniosacral system as described below:

Our brain and spinal cord comprise the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is protected by the bony covering of the skull and vertebral column. Lining the CNS, and under the bony covering (skull and vertebra), is a tissue lining similar to a balloon membrane called the dura or meninges. Cerebrospinal fluid inside the brain, expands the meningeal lining as water would fill a balloon and then drains out of the lining membrane. This happens in a cyclical fashion about 6-10 times per minute.

The dural lining is intimately attached to its bony covering. So, when it fills with fluid and expands, the skull, which has flexible joints (sutures) between each bone, expands in response. Because the vertebral column is intimately connected at the junction of the first neck vertebra (cervical one/C1 or Atlas) and at the base of the skull (occipital bone), the movement caused by the expansion of the skull is transmitted to the vertebral column in the form of an undulating wave which travels to the end of the spine (the sacrum).

This movement can be felt down the spine and throughout the body by a well-trained, experienced practitioner of osteopathic manipulation or craniosacral therapy. Restrictions in this fine movement can be located by a practitioner and freed up through gentle manipulation to directly reduce tension in the nervous, skeletal and musculoskeletal systems,which, subsequently reduces tension in all organ systems of the body.

Who Benefits?

Osteopathic Manipulation benefits anyone who receives it. It is most commonly used to treat people with structural problems and/or with pain, high-tension, or stress in the neck or anywhere along the spine. Many people in high-stress positions (physical and mental) or people who just tend to feel "stressed out" get it regularly to control the physical manifestations of this stress. Because it helps to strengthen the immune system and the body's ability to heal, it is also highly recommended for anyone suffering from a disease or chronic illness.

Schedule an Appointment

To arrange for Osteopathic Manipulation, or to learn more about the many ways this therapy can make a noticeable difference in your life, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.