Osteopathy views the body as having an innate ability to heal itself. Osteopathic manipulations are used to alleviate pain and realign the body, in order to optimize natural healing. There are many different types of osteopathic manipulations that are used during a single session, such as cranio-sacral or spinal and joint techniques. Most osteopathic manipulations are very gentle and subtle, but make a big difference in the overall functioning of the musculoskeletal system.
Osteopathic manipulations can immediately decrease pain and improve function. Sometimes, the effects are long lasting. On average, it is good to experience a manipulation monthly or quarterly, for maintenance, but sometimes it is necessary to have a weekly manipulation when there is a tight or painful muscle.