Osteopathy Specialist

Advanced Health -  - Integrative Functional Medical Clinic

Advanced Health

Integrative Functional Medical Clinic located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Osteopathy is a complementary medicine to disease reversal and prevention especially when most other treatments have failed. Osteopathy restores the body’s alignment with gentle manipulation of the muscles, bones, ligaments, organs, and connective tissue and enhances the body’s self-healing ability. Osteopath Julie Duggan B.Sc. sees the human body as a whole unit interconnected by a complex system of connective tissue. The mobility of each structure (i.e., bone, muscle, organ) influences the function of its own internal environment and the surrounding structure. When there is a lack of motion, balance of health is altered. By bringing back mobility and communication within these interconnected structures, the nervous, circulatory and lympathic systems are greatly impacted. Julie’s ultimate goal is to reduce inflammation and restart the self-healing potential of the body.

Osteopathy Q&A

Advanced Health

Osteopathy is a complementary medicine to disease reversal and prevention especially when most other treatments have failed. Osteopathy restores the body’s alignment with gentle manipulation of the muscles, bones, ligaments, organs, and connective tissue and enhances the body’s self-healing ability.

Osteopath Julie Duggan B.Sc. sees the human body as a whole unit interconnected by a complex system of connective tissue.  The mobility of each structure (i.e., bone, muscle, organ) influences the function of its own internal environment and the surrounding structure.  When there is a lack of motion, balance of health is altered. By bringing back mobility and communication within these interconnected structures, the nervous, circulatory and lympathic systems are greatly impacted.  Julie’s ultimate goal is to reduce inflammation and restart the self-healing potential of the body.   

 

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a gentle “hands-on” treatment which helps different conditions occurring from  birth until the end of life. Osteopathy is best known for the treatment of acute and chronic pain  due to injury, poor posture, overwork, hormonal imbalance, and/or stress. It looks at the root cause of pain by first assessing how the body compensates for injuries and bad postural habits. As the body eventually tires out pain arises. Osteopath Julie Duggan B.Sc. takes a comprehensive intake of a patient’s history and physical exam in order to determine the “cause and effect” relationship. Each treatment peels off layers of adaptation until the root cause of the problem is discovered. Julie combines different osteopathic therapies to balance the nervous system and restore blood flow in order to stop inflammation and promote deep healing.



Osteopathic Therapies used at Advanced Health

1. Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy uses the inherent movement of the nervous system to understand and  impact different areas of the body. It restores the movement of the cranial bones, spine, and sacrum in order to create optimal mobility throughout the body. With gentle therapeutic techniques, osteopath Julie Duggan B.Sc. carefully releases restricted muscles, bones, ligaments and membranes surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. As the cerebral spinal fluid motion returns, all bodily functions are improved.

2. Visceral Therapy

Visceral Therapy is a gentle manual approach that focuses on restoring the mobility and function of the internal organs. Organ mobility is restricted when the ligaments, fasciae, or muscles that support and guide the organs is tightened or shortened.  Inflammation will then create adhesions or scar tissue which will further restrict mobility. As the nerves and blood vessels within these organs are also compressed, organ function is now altered. The release of the organ tension and the its surrounding structures rebalance the nervous system, restores blood flow, reduces inflammation and permits healing.

3. Muscle Energy Therapy

Muscle Energy Therapy involves the patient’s own muscle contractions to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion. Muscle Energy techniques are used to treat decreased range of motion, chronic muscle spasms and pain by repositioning dysfunctional facet joints in the neck and back as well as other joints in the body. Muscle energy techniques can be used to treat existing muscles and joints restrictions, prevent from future injury and help patients reach their full musculoskeletal potential.

4. Myofascial Release Therapy

Fasciae are connective tissues that surround, support, and protect the body’s muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. Healthy fascial tissue is flexible, resilient, and glides over the muscles. When connective tissues tighten and harden from overuse, prolonged poor posture, or stress, inflammation occurs leading to excess scarring.  New lines of tension start pulling at surrounding structures causing postural imbalance and chronic pain and tingling such as in sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, back-neck-hip pain.

Myofascial Release therapy relieves pain and restores range-of-motion by improving circulation and nerve transmission. It plays an important role in healing after injury or surgery.



Osteopathy Specialization at Advanced Health


1. Digestive Disorders

2. Women's Health

3. Autoimmune Disorders

Digestive Disorders

One of Julie’s main areas of focus is Digestive Health. The digestive system is crucial for the proper functioning of the whole body since it changing the food consumed into energy. Food travels from the mouth through the esophagus into the stomach.  Digestive enzymes are secreted in the mouth and stomach in order to break it down and absorb essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder also produce chemicals to assist in digestion so that digested food can continues moving through the small and large intestines.  The undigested material is eliminated through the anus in the form of stool.

When the digestive system is not working properly symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain, belching, and/or heartburn may arise. Inflammation may eventually cause adhesions or scar tissue between the digestive organs and their surrounding fasciae, ligaments, muscles, bony structures and neighboring organs.

Digestive symptoms are often accompanied by pain felt at a distant area of the body such as the back, hips, shoulders, neck or head. The main reason is that the nervous system connecting the suffering organs have been stretched or compressed. Referred pain can also come from the blood flow to or from the affected organs is obstructed causing distant congestive pain.

Treatment of the digestive system goes beyond just addressing digestive symptoms and regional pain patterns. It helps all other systems of the body via improving nervous, vascular, and hormonal pathways. Once inflammation is under control and organ function is restored, pain often resolves. Hormone balance returns. The immune system is recharged.  Mood and normal physiological state returns.

 

Julie focuses on the following issues:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),
  • Diverticulitis,
  • Pancreatitis,
  • Peptic Ulcers,
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Celiac Disease

 

Women’s Health Disorders

Osteopath Julie Duggan B.Sc. specializes in Women’s Health by understanding how the biomechanics of the pelvis and spine work.  The uterus is a reference point for the pelvic ring, When it is out of alignment, a cascade of compensation patterns occur leading to postural changes and subsequent pains and other problems. Julie focuses on the following issues:

 

  • Organ Prolapse
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Recurrent Urinary Tract and Vaginal Infections (UTIs, yeast infections)
  • Chronic Pelvis, Hip and Lower Back Pain
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstrual Cycles,
  • Pain During Intercourse
  • Infertility
  • Hormone Imbalance and Menopause

 

Chronic Disease and Autoimmune Conditions:

Another great area of interest for Julie is the treatment of chronic diseases and autoimmune conditions which are triggered by stress and maintained by the neuro-hormonal connection between the gut and brain. Under chronic stress, the gut often sends stress signals to the brain which in turns sends signals to the thyroid and adrenal glands.  Overproduction of thyroid hormones and stress hormones eventually leads to adrenal fatigue, chronic inflammation, elevated blood sugars, and a weakened immune system. Eventually chronic diseases and autoimmune conditions set in such as:

  • Endocrine Disorders: Thyroid issues, Diabetes type 1 & 2, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus,
  • Cardiac Disorders: Hypertension, Palpitations
  • Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, Allergies
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Sleep problems

Julie first addresses chronic conditions by restoring proper motion and function in the targeted tissues, organs and glands. She then balances the nervous system for the “rest and digest” response to return after a prolonged “fight-or-flight” state. Julie’s experienced hands can help regulate the central nervous system via gentle but deep techniques that have shown to impact specific areas of the brain where memory, decision-making and emotional responses to stress (including fear, anxiety, and aggression) are processed.


Osteopathy is about going back to the basics.  By understanding how the human body functions and what postural and lifestyle adjustments are required, we can thrive at all ages. Here at Advanced Health our expert Osteopath Julie Duggan help patients more effectively cope with stress so that conventional and natural treatments will be more effective.  By permitting better organ and glandular function, there is optimal medication and supplement absorption and possible reversal of their acute and chronic conditions.