REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST
OSTEOPATHIC GRADUATE-Student (RESEARCH PORTION)
Alison Aspen graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2007. Since then she has focused her practice on the rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries. In 2015 Alison felt the need to explore deeper into educating herself about the body. Alison enrolled in the five year intensive Osteopathy program in Vancouver, B.C. Alison has now competed the five year osteopathy program and is currently working on the research portion of the program in order to gain her Osteopathic practitioner designation. This training has given Alison a much more complex understanding of the body and its connections. Her goal is to find the root cause of why pain or discomfort is present within the body. This approach looks at the body as a whole. Through a thorough assessment and evaluation, these techniques aim to create symmetry and mobility within the body.
Alison uses techniques such as myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, visceral release, joint mobilizations, muscle energy techniques and direct muscular release techniques. Conditions that can benefit from an this approach include headaches, sprains and strains, digestive issues, chronic pain, arthritis, asthma, pregnancy and postpartum concerns, postural issues, sciatica, concussions, whiplash, and many more.
Osteopathic Techniques are a gentle, yet intentional approach to the body and systems within. Manual Practitioners learn to palpate not just superficially but also very deep within the body. This sensory information is received through touch receptors on the fingertips and palms. The therapist uses this information to guide their analysis and treatment of the body..
Manual practitioners look for indications within the tissues to help them with their course of treatment. These tissue “qualities” include congestion, dehydration, scarring, stiffness, density or loss of resilience. Through sensing the quality of the tissue, in combination with the position, mobility and vitality, Manual Practitioners determine the tissues or systems that need immediate attention,
Osteopathy follows four main principles within the body:
1) Given the right tools the body has the capability of healing itself.
2)Proper flow of arteries, venous, lymph and nervous tissue is integral to health.
3)Correct structural alignment will allow for optimal function within the body.
4)The body is a unit, connecting mind body and spirit.
Osteopathy was founded in 1892 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. He was protesting against the current medical system in which he had lost three of his children to from spinal meningitis. Still believed the current system of medications, surgeries and other traditional regimes were causing more harm then good. He believed with manual intervention to the bodies bones, muscle and nervous system he could have a greater affect on healing.
“A natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues.”