What is Rolfing & Manual Osteopathy?


We all know that massage therapy offers a whole host of health benefits. Even greater results can be achieved when utilizing complementary modes of treatment such as Rolfing or Manual Osteopathy.  So what are these treatments like and how can they help?

 

What is Rolfing?

Rolfing was developed for removing restriction from the body. Its aim is to organize the connective tissue that defines our shape and structure. This fascia separates different tissues in the body, including muscle, bone and organs.

The therapist employs skilled application of pressure to soften and change the length of the fascia. This results in body segments (legs, torso, arms etc.) becoming relatively more balanced with each other. A well balanced body uses remarkably less energy to move itself through gravity.

This treatment is valuable for people with postural distortions, or chronic pain from injury and repetitive movement. Rolfing is also great for over trained athletes who lack flexibility and would like to improve their performance. Body awareness and freedom can be also be gained as well as a greater sense of well-being.

 

What is Manual Osteopathy?
Manual osteopathy is a drug less, patient-centered treatment that enhances the body’s ability to heal itself. Osteopathic manual practitioners go through an extensive 5 year undergraduate training plus an additional 2 years of research to develop highly refined palpation skills. This extensive training is based on knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology of the body. Treatment involves all aspects of the body including: structural, myofascial, visceral, cranial sacral and vascular.

Those who may benefit from manual osteopathy include:

  • Adolescents and children of all ages
  • Athletes
  • Pregnant women
  • Accident victims
  • People with chronic illnesses who have not responded to other therapies
  • Adults with repetitive strain injuries
  • Seniors
  • Individuals with physical and mental challenges

The World Health Organization recognizes osteopathy as a distinct manual therapy that differs from chiropractic or physiotherapy. The Canadian College of Osteopathy suggests that treatment be used not as an alternative to conventional medicine, but complementary to it.

Infinity Massage and Wellness is excited to offer these modes of treatment through independent contractor, Rosslyn Kendrick. For more information on her practice or to make an appointment, call her directly at (218) 600-0132.