Everything that is alive is conscious.
Soft Tissue Osteopathy focuses on fibrous and elastic envelopes (Fascia). These surround all your body structures other than bones (muscles, organs, ligaments …).
Constantly in motion, any alteration in the mobility of these tissues may lead to a dysfunctional disorder.
These tiny movements are of a very limited amplitude & barely perceptible (micro-movements). Nevertheless, they are of great physiological importance. Indeed, They play a protective role (linking all structures together & making them communicate) and serve as a support tissue to transport the blood (essential nutritive function).
Since the conscious body speaks and expresses itself, it is open to communication through touch. This technique allows the osteopath to work with your body and not on it. He will take advantage of your body’s knowledge and intelligence to guide him. Basically, your micro-movements will provide the osteopath information on your state of health and your capacity for self-healing.
The osteopath using this osteopathic technique will communicate with your body and address these micro-movements.
Sounds a little bit Like … a Massage?
Although a massage may seem similar to soft tissue osteopathic techniques, they totally are different. Traditional massage mainly focuses on muscles and involves the use of broad movements. On the other hand, this osteopathic techniques is more targeted and has set objectives. Once the required reaction has been achieved, the application of the techniques stops. This technique accomplishes its purpose when the concerned tissues relax.
How can this technique help You ?
Soft tissue technique helps restoring your body’s functions as well as ease the patient’s pain. Like each osteopathic technique, it has its own specific benefits. Some of the general benefits that you can get from soft tissue techniques include:
- Increasing relaxation and reducing stress
- Releasing body tension (dissipate stress related symptoms)
- Relieving pain in any parts of the body ( back, joints, the neck, the head,…)
- Improving flexibility and motion range (ideal for dancers, athletes, …)
- Treating indigestion & other digestive disorders
How is Soft Tissue Osteopathy Performed ?
Our osteopath will use their hands to find areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body.
This technique is not painful. However, it’s not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment.
Your osteopath will discuss with you on the number of subsequent sessions (if any needed) for your symptoms to improve.
Like for all our techniques, you won’t need to undress. Only remove you shoes and lay down on the table. Then, let our specialist do the rest.
Our sessions generally lasts around 60 minutes.
An osteopathy session is a discussion between the osteopath, the patient and their own tissues.