Mental Health

Osteopathic practitioners are trained to listen to, and partner with their patients to promote systemic health.

The trifecta of the mind, body and spirit is always taken into account, by addressing how lifestyle and environment impact wellbeing. By acknowledging these influences on a patient’s life, we can help to ease the suffering caused by trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, attention disorders, burnout, overwhelm and prolonged grief.

Osteopathy offers an alternative to talk therapy and medication for mental health. These methods can be used in conjunction with osteopathy if desired.  However,  as informed by the science of osteopathy, we continue to use hands-on intervention on the body to rebalance neurological functions of the various nerves, cranial membranes, brain structures and respiratory system. Ultimately this style of treatment can bring equilibrium to the function of neurotransmitters including hormones that play a critical role in mental health.

Michelle can help you make deep, lasting changes to your mood and self-image

Osteopathic sessions will help ease your “loudest” physical and mental aches and pains so you can tolerate sitting and listening to more subtle expressions within your body.   As you start to feel better physically and mentally you WILL have the ability to maintain a balanced mindset.  We all need support with the process of returning to love and trust in our own health and wholeness.  We cannot use our willpower to “fix” ourselves, for when we are not situated in the wholeness of being, the very part we are trying to “fix” is the part (willpower, mind, ego etc.) that is not receptive to living in wholeness. 

Osteopathic medical professionals train tirelessly to navigate the illusive terrain of the psycho, emotional, and somatic interrelationships to help the public. We use highly attuned perceptual skills that interact with you at the deepest levels possible. One such level is that of the primary respiration inherent in all tissues of your body.  We synchronise with this rhythm of life in the tissues to further allow the innate healing capacity of the body to flourish. You will feel this shift towards your wholeness and health taking place!

The deepest expression of compassion in action is sharing truth (with kindness) even when the truth is difficult to hear. In that spirit of deep compassion I share the following with you. We need to slow down and rest more.

When you feel some relief, after osteopathic help, or maybe several days/weeks/months laying on a warm beach or wherever your chosen atmosphere of true blissful rest is, you will then be able to regain your independent ability to maintain improvements in mood and mental health. Only once we can achieve restorative rest can we approach maintaining mental health.

To cultivate mental health, daily practice using some simple tools (breathing/meditation/exercise/nutrition)  providing ongoing nervous system regulation are imperative to success. We all must continue to cultivate a deep relationship with the self to be able to withstand the constant pressures and demands of the modern world.  It is just not possible to sustain flexibility in our mental health in the current social climate without some commitment to slowing down and listening to the expression of the inner self.  For example, practicing the ability to honour one’s inner state for 5-10 minutes daily, without judgement, is often enough to set the expansion of inner listening into motion with profound outcomes. 

Before we can do this by ourselves we often need external assistance. This is true for all osteopathic practitioners as well.  We must reach out for help when we can’t return to the silence of nature and the healing potency of life on our own.  Osteopathic treatment provides this reset back to wholeness. 

In John Hilton’s book on “Rest and Pain” (which is recommended for reading by the great osteopath WIlliam Garner Sutherland) he says,

“Repair is but the repetition of growth” and “all the mind seems to need is entire repose…… those faculties who have been overstretched should have an opportunity of regaining their elasticity by rest and relaxation.”

I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say, ‘For the same reason I laugh so often — because I'm paying attention.’ I tell them that we can choose to be perfect and admired or to be real and loved. We must decide.

Glennon Doyle