What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a gentle hands-on approach to health care and "the unity of the body" system based on the theory; the body is capable of making its own remedies against diseases and toxic conditions when it is in normal structural relationship and has favorable environmental conditions and adequate nutrition. Diseases are due to loss of structural integrity which can be restored by manipulation. Treatment of the muscles, other soft tissues including membrane of organs and joints using pressure and movement will affect the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems of the body.
We use specially “the Biodynamic model” treatment
Typical osteopathic diagnosis and treatment focuses on fragmented parts. Areas of “lesion” (reduced motion, inertia in a dynamic system) are evaluated. An interpretation of “normal” is made, and the treatment process is directed to bring about that “normal.” The practical application of Biodynamic principles gives rise to a very interesting and different treatment process. Instead of focusing upon fragmented parts, we listen to the “whole.” We listen from the depths of our souls, and without imposing our sense of what is “right,” we simply sit and listen. We observe the motion present in the heart of the inertia. No barriers are engaged. Rather than focus on disease, we listen to the HEALTH.
HEALTH is that perfect matrix, present within us from the moment of conception, which precedes the emergence of “form.” Health is more inherent in the geometry than the genetics. (Some underlying geometry must have given rise to the form of DNA itself.
The HEALTH guides the treatment. We feel Primary Respiration emerge out the Dynamic Stillness. Dynamic Stillness is a reference point, the fulcrum of the therapeutic process. Dynamic Stillness is the presence of the sacred.
Our ultimate teacher is nature itself. The natural world expresses itself in a distinct and ordered manner. Our inherent self healing follows this very same order.
Through our listening, we connect with The Health. We reference Stillness. We allow the patient to re-establish their relationship to Primary Respiration, the Whole, the Horizon, the Midline. In this way, we touch the miraculous and create the possibility for healing.
Dr. Still said, “To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.”
What conditions do Osteopaths deal with?
Back and neck pain
Pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles, tendonitis and muscle strains
Work-related and repetitive strain injuries
Additionally, Osteopathy can play a significant role in pain management in arthritic conditions, and when used in conjunction with medical treatment, can be of value in reducing the severity of symptoms in conditions such as asthma, gynecological dysfunction and chronic fatigue. Many mothers-to-be find Osteopathic treatment very beneficial both to reduce back pain during pregnancy and also to help prepare the body for birth. Osteopathy has a wide variety of gentle techniques for use on infants and small children.
Most patients feel very relaxed after an osteopathic treatment. After an osteopathic treatment, the body is integrating the changes made during the treatment. Occasionally some patients will have a treatment reaction, and may feel sore for 1-2 days afterwards. Following an osteopathic treatment, for 2-3 days, it is helpful to:
• Drink plenty of water
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol
• Avoid rigorous exercise for 12 – 24 hours
• Avoid physical therapy, massage, PT, OT, homeopathy, acupuncture, etc. for 1 – 2 days
It generally takes more than one treatment to see improvement, and we usually suggest weekly appointments for at least 4-6 treatments. More chronic conditions generally take more time, more acute conditions less time, but this can vary from individual to individual. We will assess your progress at each treatment.
202 Fukasawa Bldg , 8-11 Nokendai-dori, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0053
We are situated 3 min walk from the Nokendai Station of the Keikyu Line
Initial treatment/consultation: ¥7,700
Follow-up treatment: ¥5,500
Terminal Care (A house call)-negotiable
TEL: 045-786-3726 (E-mail is undesirable)
Hold osteopathic qualification in Japan (A Member of Registered Osteopath, Japan=MRO(J) MRO(J) is required 40 hour osteopathic training annually.)
Mieko Ito, Ms
202 Fukasawa Bldg, 8-11 Nokendai-dori, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0053