Who Can Benefit
Because our therapists have complemented their athletic therapy training with osteopathic education, they are able to help people at every stage of their lives.
Most often we will see infants who are considered in good health by their pediatrician, but are having more difficulties with sleeping, with colic and irritability, and with digesting than other infants. Parents often wonder if it may be related to the birth process. Although the baby is healthy, sometimes he or she can continue to feel subtle dysfunction from a delivery that involved the use of forceps or vacuum during delivery, induction of labour, or caesarean section. Osteopathic treatment of infants is subtle and non-invasive, and gently works with any unnatural strain patterns found in the tissues.
When parents seek osteopathic treatment for their young child, they are concerned about issues such as recurrent ear infections, delays in physical or neurological development, asthma and allergies, or early signs of academic difficulties as they begin school (e.g. dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). The purpose of an osteopathic consultation in these cases is to determine if there is a structural dysfunction contributing to these conditions, and to plan a gentle treatment protocol to correct what is found.
During this extremely active phase of life, the young person is dealing with a combination of growth spurts and the bumps and bruises that come with physical activity. They often seek help after a broken bone has healed, following an ankle sprain, or with the development of tendonitis in their knees. Athletic therapy and osteopathy are both excellent choices for therapy for the types of injuries experienced at this age.
During that period of balancing work life, parenting, and pushing to stay active, approximately 12% of Canadian adults aged 20-64 will experience sprains, strains, fractures, concussions, injuries to the spine, or other musculoskeletal injuries severe enough to limit their activities in a given year, according to Statistics Canada. For those who are struggling to return to physical activity, athletic therapy is the perfect choice for rehabilitation.
In some cases, people in this age category are seeking help with other health issues, such as degenerative disc disease of the spine, digestive difficulties, headaches and migraines, sciatica, or chronic tendonitis. For these complex conditions, osteopathic techniques may be more appropriate.
Many women will seek osteopathic treatment during pregnancy, particularly to address any mechanical problems in the spine and pelvis that could interfere with the postural adaptation for mom during the pregnancy, or with the delivery. If the mobility of the lumbar spine, the sacrum and coccyx, the sacroiliac joints, and the pubic symphysis are compromised due to trauma or altered tension in the pelvic floor muscles, it may limit the opening of the pelvis during childbirth. Osteopathic techniques are gentle, and are safe at all stages of pregnancy. Due to the delicate nature of pregnancy between weeks 12 and 16, treatment during those times is generally avoided.
With medical advances in the fields of orthopaedic surgery and pharmaceutical intervention for chronic conditions, our seniors are more active than ever before. While most seniors have learned that they need to make certain adjustments to their active lifestyle and listen to their body a little bit more, they will inevitably struggle with activity-related injury from time to time. Athletic therapy is a great choice for seniors who are still involved with physical activity, and need help with sprains, strains or early osteoarthritis. If the patient’s condition is more advanced, and he or she needs more gentle care, then osteopathic treatment may be more appropriate.