May 4, 2024

Manual Medicine and Osteopathic Principles at Abacus

Osteopathic principles contribute significantly to the manual medicine practices of Jeffrey Russell at Abacus Chinese Medicine. Manual medicine uses a gentle, respectful handsĀ­-on approach in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of health conditions. Principles of osteopathy guide manual medicine practitioners in providing patient-centered care that addresses underlying causes of health issues, promotes natural healing, and supports the body in achieving optimal function and balance. By integrating these principles into their practice, practitioners of manual medicine help patients achieve greater health and well-being.manual medicine, osteopathic principles

Osteopathic principles emphasize the interconnection of body structure and function, as well as the body’s ability to self-regulate and heal. Here are some key osteopathic principles:

  1. The body is a unit: One of the fundamental osteopathic principles is that the body functions as a dynamic and interconnected unit. Parts do not work in isolation but as practitioners view the body as a whole, integrated system in which every part is interrelated, affecting the functioning of the whole. This holistic approach guides manual practitioners in addressing the root cause of health issues rather than treating only symptoms.
  2. Structure and function are interrelated: Osteopathic principles include recognition of the close relationship between body structure (bones, muscles, ligaments, organs) and function. Practitioners use hands-on techniques, such as manipulation, mobilization, stretching, and soft tissue techniques, to improve the alignment and mobility of the musculoskeletal system, enhance blood flow, and restore balance in the body.
  3. The body has self-healing capabilities: Osteopathic techniques rely upon the body’s innate ability to self-regulate and heal. Practitioners remove structural restrictions, improve circulation, and optimize the body’s structural alignment and functioning. The body’s natural healing processes are then activated, and overall health and wellness are promoted.
  4. The role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease: Osteopathic principles recognize the central role of the musculoskeletal system in maintaining health and preventing disease. By addressing musculoskeletal dysfunctions, such as joint restrictions, muscle imbalances, and postural misalignments, osteopathic manual practitioners can help alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance the body’s ability to function optimally.
  5. The importance of considering the patient’s lifestyle and environment: Osteopathic principles provide a holistic approach to patient care. Not only physical aspects of health are addressed, but also emotional, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence a person’s well-being are considered. Practitioners take into account the patient’s lifestyle, stressors, habits, and surroundings when developing a treatment plan, aiming to promote overall health and prevent future health issues.

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