Our team at Red Leaf Wellness is proud to offer manual osteopathic services in Edmonton, Alberta. Maunual osteopathy is a drug-free and non-invasive therapy focused on improving overall health by strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. This form of therapy includes stretching, massaging and moving the musculoskeletal system.
A manual osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of your joints by using their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways.
While it is not unusual to feel sore or stiff following the first few treatments, manual osteopathy is not a painful therapy.
Keep reading to learn more about our manual osteopathic services and how they can benefit your overall health:
Manual Osteopathic Techniques
Our manual osteopath will begin your therapy by using their hands to find areas of weakness, restriction, strain or tenderness. They may have you perform simple movements to help assess your body’s condition.
There are many techniques our manual osteopath will use depending on each individual patient and their symptoms but they all aim to reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow.
You may also receive exercises to do at home to help aid in your recovery and help prevent your symptoms from getting worse.
Manual osteopathic techniques include:
Soft Tissue Manipulation
Soft tissue manipulation evaluates the condition of your tissues and encourages the flow of bodily fluids such as blood and lymphatic fluid. This helps to prevent fluid retention and boosts the body’s immune system.
Our practitioners test your fascia, the tissue that connects the body’s structures, to discover areas of retention and use soft tissue manipulation to balance the length and tension of the fascia.
Manual osteopathic manipulation is also used to treat organs and viscera of the body such as the liver, kidneys, stomach, bladder, uterus, lungs and heart. Practitioners gently move these structures and the surrounding fascia to restore full movement and function.
Visceral manipulation can improve the ability of the organs and improve blood flow, which can be negatively impacted and inflamed due to infection, injury, repetitive movement, diet, environmental toxins, and emotional stress.
Craniosacral Osteopathy is a gentle osteopathic technique but requires intensive training to perform it properly.
This technique assesses and treats the mobility of the skull, spine, sacrum and other parts of the body by adjusting the body’s physiology. This restores balance to the circulation of blood and other fluids, which helps support the body’s ability to heal itself.
Our highly trained practitioners achieve this by treating the body’s inherent biorhythms by detecting this rhythm throughout your body.
This technique reduces muscle spasms near a joint, eases irritations around a joint, reduces pain and discomfort and helps the joint regain mobility.
The osteoarticular technique involves gently moving two joint surfaces after the manual osteopath has carefully prepared the soft tissues around the treatment area.
Kristel loves helping people on their wellness journey and, through massage therapy, she has witnessed the impact healing touch plays within holistic care. Kristel studied massage therapy at Mount Royal University in 2003 and has been practicing in different clinical settings for the past 15 years. Over the course of her career she has experienced just how connected the body really is. Wanting to expand her knowledge and skill sets she returned back to university studies. In 2016 she attended the National Manual Osteopathic College in Red Deer, Alberta where her studies focused on utilizing all available modern manual medicine techniques to assess injury and diseases of muscles, bones, joints, organs and nerves.
Kristel uses her massage therapy skills, focusing on fascial release, visceral manipulation, cupping and craniosacral therapy to help her clients return back to being able to accomplish the things they love doing and to live in as pain free a manner as possible.
Kristel likes to treat a wide variety of neurovascular, musculoskeletal, and obstetrical syndromes such as low back/pelvic pain, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussions, whiplash, pregnancy, temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, structural and posture improvements. Her focus is on chronic care and rehabilitation.
Kristel loves to learn from and experience other regions. She has travelled around the world for work, studies, and personal growth. She grew up in small town Saskatchewan and has lived in Calgary, Halifax and Edmonton. Kristel also enjoys spending time with her great dane Odin.
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Red Leaf Wellness is an integrative wellness clinic based in Edmonton, Alberta that provides whole health, functional and alternative medicine strategies by blending the best of ancient Eastern healing with modern Western medicine.
Osteopathic therapy is one of the many services we offer as part of the individualized treatment plans we design for each patient based on their unique needs, symptoms and wellness goals.