Osteopathic Massage is a manual therapy concerned with movement. Therapists use their hands to assess the body for regions that move well and are in good health and also areas where movement is reduced and health may be compromised. Osteopathic massage therapists assess and treat the body as a whole, looking at movement expressed in the joints, the soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments, the bones, the organs, and the fluids of the body such as blood and lymph.
Osteopathic massage therapists study in detail the anatomy and physiology of the body, developing an understanding of how the body is structured and how it functions. One of the central principles of osteopathy is that if the body is well aligned and able to move as designed to move, a person will experience better health. However, if the body has structural problems (for example, some of the joints of the body are not moving well because of an old or recent injury) the body will not be able to function normally until the structural problem has been corrected. When a part of the body is not able to move well, circulation to the area is reduced and the local tissue is not well nourished; the circulatory system cannot detoxify the local tissue optimally; the nervous system becomes imbalanced; and pain, illness and eventually disease may result. By working to ensure the body is well-aligned and can express normal movement, the osteopathic therapist helps to create conditions for prevention of illness and disease and for the experience of long-term vitality and good health.