Annex Osteopathy is patient oriented and is practised according the best available evidence.
Patient Oriented means that every treatment starts with discussion of your progress, goals and what can be done to help you in your health journey. Every manual technique or post treatment exercise is adapted to your needs. If your goals is to have fun gardening without worrying about your back, then the treatment will include addressing tissues responsible for having strong back in awkward kneeling positions. And your exercises will address movements that make you stronger when lifting cumbersome bags of soil. Don’t worry about dumbbells and therabands, you will be exercising with packs of rice before moving into carrying 40 lb bags of soil. But if you need to get stronger and play your favourite sport, then we will make sure that you leave treatment ready to have fun and play. And your conditioning will include relevant stretches and resistance training.
Best Available Evidence means that we will choose treatment techniques that have the most chance of helping you. For example, if the muscles are rigid and not letting the body move through the full range of motion, then will use appropriate myofascial release and joint mobilizations that have been shown to relax the muscles, and then we will make sure that you safely move through the full range of movement to help your nervous system adapt and integrate the improved function.